How do NGOs navigate the shrinking civil society space?

Webinar June 2019

The space in which civil society organisations operate is shrinking, with freedoms of association and assembly increasingly restricted.

On 20 June,  2019, ICVA and PHAP organised the second session in the learning stream on the Navigating change. The discussion provided an overview of current challenges and trends regarding civil society space and how NGOs and other actors are working to counter initiatives that shrink this space.

Introduction

On Thursday, 20 June, ICVA and PHAP organized the second session in the learning stream on the Navigating change. The discussion provided an overview of current challenges and trends regarding civil society space and how NGOs and other actors are working to counter initiatives that shrink this space.

 

 

This webinar is part of the “Navigating Change” Learning Stream which includes webinars, briefing papers, and other resources on how NGOs are managing changing global, regional, and national contexts for humanitarian response.

Speakers

The event featured speakers representing a wide range of perspectives.

  • David Moore, Vice President – Legal Affairs, International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL), provided a broad overview of the issue, shared some of the trends and drivers of shrinking civil society space, and the work that his organization is carrying out in this area.
  • Emma O’Leary, Senior Humanitarian Policy Advisor, Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), discussed the impact of counter-terrorism measures for NGOs working in humanitarian contexts.
  • Pius Ojara, Director of the South Sudan NGO Forum, shared his perspectives on issues faced regarding shrinking space in South Sudan and how the forum has been addressing them.
  •  Thomas Nikolaj Hansen, Senior Policy Advisor, Team Leader for Civil Society Team, Department for Humanitarian Action, Migration and Civil Society, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark.
  • Thomas Thomsen, Senior Policy Advisor and Head of the Humanitarian Team, discussed what governments can do to improve support for civic space at the EU and the UN, and in bilateral relations with governments violating civic space.
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Demystifying the Humanitarian, Development and Peace Nexus
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Demystifying the Humanitarian, Development and Peace Nexus

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The-“nexus”-explained
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At the World Humanitarian Summit in 2016, the UN and World Bank have committed to a “new way of working” that transcends the humanitarian-development divide. This concept has been considered in terms of UN reform and the “triple nexus” – the nexus between humanitarian, development, and – when appropriate – peace. However, many NGOs and partners are yet to grapple with what this means for affected persons and the system as a whole.

This series includes webinars on the following topics:

  • The “nexus: explained: How and when do humanitarian, development, and peace action come together?
  • The World Bank and the humanitarian-development-peace nexus
  • The UN reform: The link to the “nexus” and what it means for non-UN actors
  • Perspectives of peacebuilding actors in the humanitarian-development-peace nexus
  • Donor perspectives on the humanitarian-development-peace nexus
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