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OECD DAC Civil Society Days 2021

 

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 27 May - 4 June, 2021 Virtual meeting

   

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Enabling civil society to respond to crises and development needs

Civil society is a core partner in the implementation of the sustainable development goals (SDGs), as well as in the response to Covid-19 and recovery strategies. Yet it is facing ever-growing challenges, such as restrictions on civic space, effectiveness gaps, tensions in donor policies and practices, and shortcomings in civil society organisation’s (CSOs) accountability.

High-level event ‘A call to action: Enabling civil society in the context of Covid-19’

4 June 2021, 12:00 – 14:30 CET | Follow the debate live on YouTube .

Donors, partner country governments and civil society organisations (CSOs) will gather to assess the challenges faced by civil society, which the Covid-19 pandemic has been exacerbating.

Civic space restrictions

In 2020, more than 100 countries were characterized by closed, repressed or obstructed civic space.

 
Resources for CSOs

ODA for donor country-based CSOs (USD 13.5 billion) is much higher than ODA for developing country-based CSOs (USD 1.4 billion).

 
CSO accountability

Covid-19 has increased awareness about inequitable partnerships among types of CSOs that impede local ownership.

Sources: ICNL-ECNL Covid-19 Civic Freedom Tracker; CIVICUS Monitor & OECD

The event –the public segment of the DAC Civil Society Days 2021- will draw attention on the need to step up individual and collective donor efforts to enable civil society’s responses to crises and development needs. It will call for new, more effective partnerships to promote sustainable development by:

  1. respecting, protecting and promoting civic space;
  2. supporting and engaging with civil society;
  3. encouraging CSO effectiveness, transparency and accountability.

 

Full programme - draft agenda (time CET)

DAY 1: THURSDAY 27 MAY
12:00-14:30

DAC Community of Practice on Civil Society meeting

Invitation only

DAY 2: FRIDAY 28 MAY
14:00-17:30

International Donor Group on civil society meeting

Invitation only

DAY 3: MONDAY 31 MAY
14:00-16:30

Task Team on CSO Development Effectiveness and Enabling Environment meeting (1/2)

Invitation only

DAY 4: TUESDAY 01 JUNE
14:00-16:30

Task Team on CSO Development Effectiveness and Enabling Environment meeting (2/2)

Invitation only

DAY 5: WEDNESDAY 02 JUNE
14:00-16:00

Technical workshop:
‘Towards building forward better together: finding solutions to enable civil society’

Contact civilsocietydays@oecd.org if interested in participating.

DAY 6: THURSDAY 03 JUNE
13:30-16:00/16:30

Annual DAC-CSO Dialogue Meeting

Invitation only

DAY 7: FRIDAY 04 JUNE
12:00-14:30

High-level event:
‘A Call to action: Enabling civil society in the context of Covid-19’

Follow the livestream

About the DAC Civil Society Days

The OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) engages with CSOs through a dedicated dialogue framework and evidence-based analytical work. In its 2020 High Level Meeting Communiqué, it has committed to developing a new policy instrument on enabling civil society.

The Civil Society Days are a biennial forum that explores challenges facing civil society, and builds bridges and multi-stakeholder partnerships toward SDGs 16 and 17. The aim is to identify strategies and practices to promote an enabling environment where civil society can make full use of their potential to contribute to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and other international commitments.

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