CSOs, Researchers and Policy-Makers debate the first draft of CONSIDER's Guidelines and Recommendations
On 01 July 2014, CONSIDER held an expert workshop in Brussels, Belgium, to gather feedback on the project’s draft recommendations and guidelines for the participation of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in research.
Following extensive analysis of our theoretical research and empirical studies, CONSIDER has identified the characteristics, influencing factors and best practice of CSO participation in research projects. This workshop gathered approximately 25 experts in three key stakeholder groups – CSOs, researchers and policy makers – to gain feedback for the further development of the guidelines and recommendations. The discussions focussed on the needs of stakeholders and the document’s presentation and dissemination. Experts were invited from a variety of cultural, professional and geographical backgrounds.
Executive Training: EXPERT workshops by the Centre for Social Investment Heidelberg
They help civil society representatives to distinguish the multiplicity of approaches and support them to structure decisions that lead to helpful solutions for your governance and management decisions. The workshops are designed to meet practitioners' needs and are based on first rate research of CSI's core interests. They start each of these approaches from the mission statement and organisational model of the participants' organization to facilitate the development of their own organisation. The programs thereby perfectly reflect also the challenges as well as the needs of practical implementation.
C20: a platform for dialogue between CSOs and the G20
As part of its Presidency of the G20 in 2014, the Australian government has established a number of ‘outreach groups’, one of which is civil society, or 'the C20’. Last week Australian civil society hosted the C20 summit, a meeting of global civil society aimed at bringing to the attention of the G20 leaders’ meeting in Brisbane in November 2014 key and pressing concerns of the world’s civil society organisations.
With this purpose the C20 issued a communiqué which was presented to the G20 Sherpas (the chief negotiators for each G20 country) and the Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott. Raising the critical importance of climate change being a stand-alone agenda, the C20 also asserted that G20 decisions need to be citizen focused, advance transparency and tax reform, and that country action plans should have clear targets and achievements monitored.
The C20 Summit Communiqué is available here.
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