Civil society gears up for big funds squeeze

A recent set of changes to India’s foreign donation laws, however, has put hundreds of small NGOs like Arpan in a spot. “Our work has come to a halt after the donor agency asked us not to use funds till rules (arising from the new laws) are framed,” said Renu Thakur, who heads the non-profit. “It looks like we will have to let go of some of our staff and curtail our geographic spread.”

In late September, India’s Parliament approved sweeping changes to the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA), 2010. From now on, larger FCRA registered organisations are barred from transferring foreign donations to smaller non-profits (a practice known as sub-granting) who often find it difficult to access donors on their own. Also, all FCRA registered non-profits have been asked to limit their administrative expenses to 20% of donations (from the earlier norm of 50%) which is likely to force

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Civil society fears spike in GBV cases if government cuts Covid-19 relief funds

By Se-Anne Rall Time of article published14m ago

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Durban – A move by government to cut Covid-19 relief funding could lead to a spike in gender-based violence cases.

This is according to former public protector Thuli Madonsela, who joined several civil society organisations across the country in pleading with the government to continue providing the much-needed R350 Social Relief of Distress grant as well as the R585 monthly grant to caregivers.

Speaking during a media briefing on Monday, Madonsela said if the government planned to withdraw the grant, “we need to push them as women and girls would bear the brunt”.

“We know that when there is distress that women and girls will pay the price as they bear the burden of care,” she said.

Madonsela said funding could be pulled from other spheres to accommodate for the payments of these grants.

Alluding

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Civil Society Strengthening Platform Guidelines to better support women and girls victims of violence throughout the COVID-19 pandemic – Turkey

The current COVID-19 pandemic represents a great social and economic disruption to all human
beings, affecting disproportionally women and girls due to widespread pre-existing discrimination and
inequalities

. Every crisis creates inequalities and aggravates older ones, such as the inequalities
existing against women and girls. It is necessary for states to step up their efforts and increase the
measures to protect women and girls victims of violence.

Home is not always a safe place for women and their children, and they are especially at-risk during
lockdown, as they cannot escape their abusers. A grave concern is that social distancing and
confinement rules imposed by national governments have triggered additional risks of domestic
violence.

The present guidelines are to support the national government and service providers in Albania, Bosnia
and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia and Turkey to better respond to the
needs of women and their children, girls’ victims

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Watch: Building back better through civil society

Building back better though civil society. Via YouTube.

SAN FRANCISCO — Hamzat Lawal, co-founder of Connected Development, is focused on fighting corruption in Nigeria and across Africa. His Follow the Money initiative, which uses data to hold the government accountable, has been tracking COVID-19 spending in the months since the pandemic hit.

In a recent Devex digital event, Lawal called on donors not just to increase their funding of civil society organizations, but also to provide more flexible support.

“You submit a proposal and then you have a workplan and then you have activities,” he said of what donors traditionally require of nonprofits. “For us right now, with COVID-19, we can’t even tell what will happen tomorrow.”

While donors have increasingly expressed interest in supporting grassroots organizations, only 2% of official development assistance goes directly to civil society organizations in low-and middle-income countries. As these groups emerge as critical partners

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Structural problems of Pakistan’s civil society

In my previous article titled “On State and Civil Society”, I argued that a strong and vibrant civil society is necessary for development. Moreover, I pointed out that the gap between our civil society and our government is problematic as it doesn’t allow the former to grow and be a potential partner in the nation’s development. This article continues the discussion. The question that can set the premise for this article is whether the gap between the civil society and the government, and lack of seriousness on the part of the government is the only reason behind the not-so-active presence of civil society in Pakistan’s development context.

The answer is no. It is not the only problem. Before elaborating, it is necessary to have a glimpse of the civil society structure in Pakistan. A comprehensive research can be done to explain it. Put briefly, civil society is not just the

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Civil Society Warns G20 of Dire Global Fallout & Demands Bold Reforms

The Civil 20 Virtual Summit, Saudi Arabia

The Civil 20 Virtual Summit has convened with more than 4,000 civil society leaders representing 109 countries at the biggest non-government organizations gathering in the G20 history, channeling their concerns and demands ahead of the G20 Virtual Leaders’ Summit next month. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
The Civil 20 Virtual Summit has convened with more than 4,000 civil society leaders representing 109 countries at the biggest non-government organizations gathering in the G20 history, channeling their concerns and demands ahead of the G20 Virtual Leaders’ Summit next month. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
The Civil 20 Virtual Summit has convened with more than 4,000 civil society leaders representing 109 countries at the biggest non-government organizations gathering in the G20 history, channeling their concerns and demands ahead of the G20 Virtual Leaders’ Summit next month. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Oct. 06, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Civil 20 Virtual Summit has convened today with more than 4,000 civil society leaders representing 109 countries at the biggest non-government organizations gathering in the G20 history, channeling their concerns and demands ahead of the G20 Virtual Leaders’ Summit next month.

The Civil 20 Communiqué

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Civil society’s attempt to usurp State powers must be condemned

The Herald

Ranga Mataire Writing Black

Since the 1980s, the world has seen a resurgence of global neo-liberal agendas dominating the intellectual, political and moral space and vision.

One of the tragic consequences of this unrestrained liberal domination is the notion of a failed state and assumption of unblemished image of success of civil society or non-governmental organisations.

There is a fervent attempt to demote the State in favour of civil society that is often presented as the moral compass that should be financially supported vigorously.

Many must be aware of the boisterous declarations by some Western embassies that they are the biggest donors in Zimbabwe.

However, much of this financial support is not channelled to the State, but goes to civil society and non-governmental organisations. The State is often viewed as morally inept.

A regrettable fact that has emerged over the years is that the discourse of a “failed

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Indonesia’s civil society petitions to remove health minister Terawan over his handling of Covid-19 pandemic, SE Asia News & Top Stories

JAKARTA (THE JAKARTA POST/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – A coalition of civil society groups, academics and social organisations has started an online petition urging Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to fire Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto for his alleged incompetence in handling the worsening Covid-19 pandemic.

“We think that Terawan Agus Putranto has failed to carry out his duties in handling the pandemic as health minister,” the coalition wrote in a petition filed through change.org.

“Therefore, we demand that President Jokowi dismiss Terawan from his position as health minister and replace him with someone more competent.”

The petition was started on Wednesday (Oct 30) by the National Network on Domestic Worker Advocacy (Jala PRT), the head of students’ executive board of Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University (UIN Jakarta) Sultan Rivandi, the head of the University of Indonesia’s Student Executive Body (BEM UI) Manik Marganamahendra, Irma Hidayana of Lapor Covid-19 (Report Covid-19)

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Civil society groups feel heat as elected governments turn on NGOs

International civil society groups say they are facing intensifying pressure even in democracies as elected governments wield political, legal and financial weapons to halt their work.

Amnesty International’s suspension last week of its Indian operations is the latest casualty in what critics view as a widening crackdown from Budapest to Brasília by elected but autocratic leaders seeking to entrench their power.

The trend has fed broader fears of a tilt towards authoritarianism worldwide. Activists fear that the loss of campaigning on injustices by non-governmental organisations (NGOs) will add to factors such as online disinformation and the Covid-19 pandemic that already alienate people and make it easier for politicians to tighten their grip.

“An atomised society is a society that’s easier to control — that’s the rationale behind cracking down on NGOs,” said Kenneth Roth, executive director of US-based Human Rights Watch. “That was a first principle of dictatorship — but

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Civil society coalition starts petition demanding dismissal of Health Minister Terawan – National

A coalition of civil society groups, academics and social organizations has started an online petition urging President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to fire Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto for his alleged incompetence in handling the worsening COVID-19 pandemic.

“We think that Terawan Agus Putranto has failed to carry out his duties in handling the pandemic as health minister,” the coalition wrote in a petition filed through change.org. “Therefore, we demand that President Jokowi dismiss Terawan from his position as health minister and replace him with someone more competent.”

The petition was started on Wednesday by the National Network on Domestic Worker Advocacy (Jala PRT), the head of students’ executive board of Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University (UIN Jakarta) Sultan Rivandi, the head of the University of Indonesia’s Student Executive Body (BEM UI) Manik Marganamahendra, Irma Hidayana of LaporCOVID-19 (Report COVID-19) community and Supinah as a labor representative.

As of the

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