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MEETING REPORT: National Forum on “Capacity Development for Civil Society: Sustaining the gains in Ghana”

The civil society sector in Ghana is largely composed of organisations that reflect legitimate interests and command constituency support. However, inadequate funding for capacity development programmes has been a major challenge for these CSOs who have to cope with societal dynamics especially social, political and economic change. The threat to their survival and sustainability has never been more pronounced.

Social Media Conference Report

Social media provides the public a space to promote discourse on issues facing society. This space has become a veritable avenue for civil society organisations (CSOs) to expand their networks and widen participation in their causes. A number of CSOs in the region have used social media effectively to strengthen their communication and outreach strategies.

FInal Draft - African Consensus and Position on Development Effectiveness: "Aid Reform for Africa's Development"

Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness, Busan

1. We, the representatives of the Member States of the African Union, Parliaments, Regional Economic Communities and institutions/organizations, Civil Society including Women and Youth groups, Business and Academia are presenting for the first time, a common Position and Consensus on Development Effectiveness in Africa;

2. Underscoring that Africa is inspiring change through comprehensive political and socio-economic reforms driven by the shared prime values of ownership, leadership and partnerships in the transformation agenda, based on the AfricanUnion vision of “an integrated, forward-looking, prosperous, dynamic and peaceful Africa, representing a dynamic force in global arena”

African Union Comments on the 2nd Draft Busan Outcome Document on "Civil Society Aids and Development Effectiveness" (September 2011)

The following are comments from representatives of the Member States of the African Union, Parliaments, Regional Economic Communities, institutions/organizations, Civil Society including Women and Youth groups, Business and Academia, together with development partners who met at the 3rd Africa Regional Meeting, September 2011, with the aim of consolidating Africa‟s position on aid reforms and the need for a new global partnership. The discussions on the second draft Busan Outcome document took place under the umbrella of the Africa Union, consolidating the voice of African Members States and Stakeholders. 

“Win With Women: Best Practices in Promoting Women’s Quantitative and Qualitative Representation in Decision Making"

Over sixty (60) women delegates representing nine (9) countries in West Africa convened in Monrovia, Liberia for a 2-day from 7-8 September, 2011 to discuss and discern strategies which aimed at providing women’s rights activists, women politicians and party activists a practical guide on advocating, lobbying and collaborating to overcome existing challenges frustrating equal representation of women in decision making, and particularly establish the platform for women political and advocates to reflect on their previous works and learn from the experiences of other countries such as Rwanda, Uganda, South Africa etc. to develop a best practice suited for West African policy and political context.

Report of the Secretary General of the United Nations on the Role of Regional and SubRegional Arrangements in Implement RtoP (28 June, 2011)

1. Paragraph 139 of the 2005 World Summit Outcome and General Assembly resolution 63/308 called for the Assembly’s continuing consideration of the responsibility to protect. To that end, the Assembly held a formal debate in 2009 and informal interactive dialogues on aspects of the topic in 2009 and 2010. To inform these deliberations, I prepared reports on “Implementing the responsibility to protect” (A/63/677 of 12 January2009) and on “Early warning, assessment and the responsibility to protect” (A/64/864 of 14 July 2010). 

At the informal interactive dialogue of 9 August 2010, many Member States expressed interest in having a similar informal interactive dialogue on the role of regional and sub-regional arrangements in implementing the responsibility to protect in 2011. This report addresses the regional and sub-regional dimensions of the responsibility to protect in anticipation of such a dialogue in the General Assembly in July 2011.

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