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.
Social Investment - Ask a question
Do you want to ask a simple question about social investment, or have someone point you in the right direction for help and support?
Big Society Capital works alongside many fantastic organisations that provide help and support to charities and social enterprises looking for social investment. They are aware that it can be difficult to know who to talk to and where to find that support. While Big Society Capital doesn't invest directly in charities and social enterprises, they do want to help those who are considering using social investment by providing information and signposting to sources of support or funding where appropriate. They have a broad overview of the social investment market, the sources of funding and support that are available.
CONNECT competition is now open!
Selected entrepreneurs will embark on a fulfilling exchange scheme in Brazil, where they will have the opportunity to work alongside and learn from an experienced host entrepreneur. The stay will be partly financed by the European Commission.
Applications are open until 15 July, with limited places available!
TACSO: Improving the Institutional and Legal Framework for Public Funding
Public funding is one of the major issues identified by the ‘Guidelines for EU support to civil society in the enlargement countries, 2014-2020’, but also as one of the most important chains in the context of developing stronger and more effective CSOs in the region.
At the same time, the whole process related to public funding in relation to available mechanisms, legal framework, and available practices, is under-developed which hampers the full potential of the utilisation of funds available from public institutions for CSOs.
As such, the Technical Assistance to Civil Society Organisations Project (TACSO) organised a regional conference entitled “Improving the Institutional and Legal Framework for Public Funding” on 18 June 2014. “The focus is to create the acceptance for the need of improving the legal and procedural aspects of public funding for CSOs. This is massive task and lengthy as well, but we believe that this Conference is important step in right direction.” – stated Palle Westergaard, TACSO Team Leader.
Active Youth for Active Europe
Active Youth for Active Europe is an eight-day training course dedicated to people working with youth. The course will be held from 28 August to 4 September 2014, in the village of Kopaniec, near Jelenia Gora (Poland) and under the new Erasmus+ funding rules, you could have 100% of your travel costs reimbursed! The project is open to 30 participants from ten programme countries: Malta, Italy, the Netherlands, Lithuania, Croatia, Macedonia, United Kingdom, Slovenia, Romania and Poland.