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December 09, 2016

Despite progress, freedom of expression still under threat on the African continent

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To commemorate International Human Rights Day, CIVICUS speaks to the Chair of the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights (ACHPR) - Advocate Faith…
December 08, 2016

CIVICUS stands in solidarity with Egyptian activist Azza Soliman, urges end to persecution against her

Global civil society alliance CIVICUS is deeply concerned at the harassment of Egyptian activist Azza Soliman. Ms Soliman, a well-respected defender of women’s rights, is…
December 02, 2016

Open Government Partnership undermined by threats to civil society

Fundamental civic freedoms seriously undermined in over a third of OGP countries – Colombia, Honduras, Liberia and Mexico fare worst Worrying picture revealed by…
December 02, 2016

Natural resources activists under siege, new report shows

Rise in authoritarian values coupled with intensifying natural resource exploitation crippling civil society Johannesburg / London, 3 December 2016: The scramble for natural resources…
November 30, 2016

Worrying rise in attacks on CSOs and the media in Mozambique

To read this in Portugese, click here. CIVICUS is extremely concerned about the rise in attacks on civil society organisations (CSOs), academics and journalists…
November 30, 2016

Mozambique NGOs battle for free civic space

To read this in Portugese, click here. In this anonymous interview, CIVICUS speaks to a civil society activist in Mozambique concerning the environment for…

OPINION PIECES

Five trends in civil society

By Danny Sriskandarajah Around the world, the freedom of citizens to protest, to mobilise and to speak out is being contested and restricted. According to the CIVICUS Monitor, over 3.2 billion people now live in countries…

Civil society resourcing: “Revolutions do not occur because of good project proposals”

By  Ine Van Severen It’s undeniable: the space for civil society organisations (CSOs) and philanthropy is shrinking. According to new research by CIVICUS Monitor, an online platform that tracks trends in the conditions for civil society…

Fiji’s role in leaving no-one behind in sustainable development

By Danny Sriskandarajah It is now confirmed that Fiji will be chairing the next United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP 23) in Bonn, Germany. This is welcome news as the islands of the Pacific arguably…

Movement builds to stop Congo’s president from postponing election

By David Kode  The Democratic Republic of Congo, or DRC, is grappling with a political crisis, following a move by the Constitutional Court affirming the electoral commission’s decision to postpone the date for the next presidential…

“Dead Men Don’t Vote” in Gambia

By David Kode  “Dead men don’t vote,” said a Gambian political activist known as Mama Africa. She spoke during an event on the side-lines of the 59th Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples…

Why Global Efforts To Tackle Climate Change And Sustainable Development Must ‘Leave No One Behind’

By Danny Sriskandarajah Two weeks after the Paris Climate Change Agreement officially came into force - marking the first time that governments have agreed legally binding limits to global temperature rises - the leaders of 195…

Last month I joined a team of 13 VSO employees, partners and volunteers at the Asia Pacific Regional Thematic  Consultation on Education in the Post 2015 Development Agenda in Bangkok. The conference was organised by the  regional offices of UNESCO and UNICEF.  Its purpose was to ensure that the voices of the Asia-Pacific region are included in the global process.


VSO realised that many groups have been excluded in discussions on the post-2015 development framework which aims to prioritise the development needs of poor and marginalised people. We felt that views of excluded groups such as female teachers and pupils living in rural areas, parents, out-of-school children, ethnic minorities, and youth are not being adequately represented.


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