More concerns on enabling environment and action going forward

Monday 19 November 2012,

The lack of enabling environment for civil society came into the spotlight once again as members of Transparency International gathered at their annual meeting on the 6th of November 2012 in Brasilia, Brazil.

Representatives from over 100 countries expressed deep concern about the violation of basic rights in relation to civil society by several governments worldwide. Citing the non-respect of rights to peaceful assembly, of association, and of expression, the global platform denounced the violation of international commitments on civil society and its reduced role in fighting corruption as a result.

Transparency International now issued a resolution to ensure that the international commitments on civil society - including specifically the Declaration on the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, are respected.

Indeed, the lack of basic freedoms severely undermines civil society’s independence and ability to operate in all activity sectors, and development is no exception.

In line with the observations of Transparency International, the Multi-Stakeholder Task Team on CSO Development Effectiveness and Enabling Environment, collected evidence that shows persistent legal barriers to the work of civil society as well as limited funding and physical harassment of activists in many parts of the world.

Along with this research, the Multi-Stakeholder Task Team contributed substantially to developing the minimum criteria for enabling environment for the International Framework for CSO Development Effectiveness in the run up to the 4th High Level Forum in Busan.

With the enabling environment enshrined in the Busan Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation monitoring under indicator 2, civil society and multi-stakeholder actors worldwide have a solid ground for further action on this key area for civil society contribution to development.

Civil society actors worldwide can refer to the Advocacy Toolkit that accompanies the International Framework for ideas on how to advance enabling conditions in your own country or region.

The Multi-Stakeholder Task Team also plans to contribute to this work going forward - the group has re-constituted itself in the post Busan scenario and plans to focus on:

- Facilitating dialogue between civil society, governments and donors at country level,
- Updating its key messages on enabling environment based on new evidence,
- Active information-sharing.

The detailed work plan of the Multi-Stakeholder Task Team to contribute to more enabling environment for civil society will be circulated shortly. For more information about the Multi-Stakeholder task team, please click here.

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