During our working group meeting on decentralized government it appeared that all members of the network stimulate or even require CIGS and their partners to cooperate with local authorities. This is a way to guarantee sustainability of the project results. Moreover it helps to promote rights based development.
It appeared that local authority twinning arrangements are an important instrument to support the capacity development of local partners of CIGS. Often CIGS activities are build around these twinning practices this shows that decentralized cooperation is very helpful for CIGS and CIGS projects.
Working visits by local authority representatives can foster new pathways for CIGS and their partners to achieve their objectives. In rural areas local authorities are often weak which causes projects there to be less in tune with the local context. Situational and strategic awareness is very important to create good CIGS projects, not always we know everything about the local context. It is valuable to share context knowledge in this respect among us.
Partnerships of CIGS with local partners can play an important role in strengthening local democracy and development of decentralized governance. Diaspora CIGS and their partners seem to work more often in failed states or post conflict contexts where local governance is weak.
Problems in working with authorities are; corruption and political instability. To prevent problems it is important to have agreements in writing!
The next meeting of the capacity building working group will be on the 23rd of March 2023 from 11:30 to 13:00. If you would like to participate please register here.
On the 29th of September there was a meeting of the funding working group of the network.
Some key take away’s from this meeting are:
The next meeting of the funding working group will be on ‘Income generating projects’ such as; micro-credits, support with animals etc. This next meeting will be on the 9th of February 2023 from 11:00 till 12:30. If you would like to participate please register here.
Decentralised government appears to be a cornerstone in democratic societies. A cornerstone of societies with much space for CIGS, and civil society in general. As a result members of the network have been developing toolkits and training activities with which they build the capacity of CIGS and their partner to cooperate with for instance municipalities and districts. This years autumn meeting of the capacity building working group on Thursday the 15th of September (11:00 till 12:30) will be the platform to share these capacity building practices and tools Europe wide, and look into further possibilities to elaborate new capacity building. If you would like to participate please register here.
On the 5th of July the coordination group of the network met. During the meeting we talked about the participation of the secretary in the conference on a European Civil Society Strategy in Budapest. This conference was very inspiring and shed a new light on the occuring supresion of civil society organisations in Europe and the world, and the shrinking of civic space. Moreover we discussed the results of our participation in the DEAR Multi-Stakeholdergroup and our plans for a 3rd European conference on CIGS. For more information please read the minutes of the meeting. We wish you all pleasant summer holidays.
On Monday the 16th of May the coordination group of the network met. During the meeting we welcomed our new member the Finish Development NGO network FINGO. We spoke about developments in Ukraine in relation to the actions of CIGS. A special leaflet was made for the members of the network to inform the public about establishing a CIGS in this special crisis situation. Furthermore the website was presented and discussed, and the representation of the network in the DEAR Multi-Stakeholdergroup. The minutes are published and available to all.
Members of the research working group are invited to join the 2nd phase of the research ‘CIGS in Europe’. The first phase of the research focussed on the role and position of CIGS in Europe, especially in the Netherlands, France and Belgium. In this second phase the research will focus on the role CIGS play in the global south. On base of case studies this role will be unraveled. If your organisation would like to participate, read more information on the research and the full research proposal in this message.
The funding working group discussed experience and practices that the members of the network that fund projects have with due diligence and fraud prevention. Everybody mentioned that fraud actually occurs very seldom in our projects. Due to the cooperation between a local partner and a CIGS there are many checks and balances.
There are though good reasons to look into cooperation in this field by sharing project locations in a handy data set and sharing data on verification visits and information on field parties when possible. A report with more details can be found here.
The next meeting of the working group will be on the 29th of September on ‘Child Protection in Funding Policies’ (11:00 CET). If you would like to join please register here.
Due to a large number of absentees the coordination group has cancelled its April meeting. Currently the coordination group is looking for a new date in May end of April. If you would like to join the meeting please contact the secretariat.
With the members from Belgium, and the Netherlands we held a meeting on the issue. During this meeting we found that the impact of national regulations and instructions have a profound impact on the possibilities of CIGS to transfer money abroad. Moreover the regulations make it more difficult for new CIGS as well to register. Obstruction is especially caused by the way banks interpret the new rules. But not only in European countries the financial operations of CIGS become complicated. In several cases it appeared as well that legislators in the recipient countries use the policies in order to silence CIGS that are critical to politicians. Read the extended report here. I will contact country representatives to get a more complete overview.
At the 23rd of november the coordination group decided on a logo for the network. Furthermore it decided on the structure of the future website. The creation this simple website is underway.
In order to be able to build the website all members are asked to provide some (preferably 3) copyright free pictures that are (when needed) approved by the people in the picture. These could be pictures of the activities of CIGS or pictures you consider otherwise representative of your work. Pictures should at least be 1000 pixels wide. These pictures and logos, can be uploaded in this common google directory.
The logo and color scheme as approved on 23/11/2011
In the spring of 2022 the network will open the Network working group. This working group will focus on the practices in facilitation of peer-to-peer exchange and networking between CIGS. It will look into opportunities to enable direct contact between CIGS on a European scale. If you would like to join please register for the working group.
A date planner will be sent out in around 20th of January to determine a date for this new working group meeting.
Efforts are underway to look for partners in Sweden, Spain Norway, Finland, Ireland, Poland, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, Serbia, Slovenia, Switzerland and Austria.
The coordination group would like to ask for your help in expanding the network into new European countries and regions by spreading the announcement (English) (French) (German) among our international networks. A list is established where we collect all possible new members which you are kindly asked to update.
The coordination group as wel discussed the consequences for CIGS of the implementation of the anti money laundering directive and is seeking ways to influence the rather strict interpretation by national authorities and financial institutions in many European countries. Such strict interpretations lead to difficulties in money transfer for CIGS to their projects.
A new meeting of the temporary coordination group is being planned on the 25th of January 2022 from 10:00 to 11:00. If you would like to participate in this meeting please mail the secretariat.
In order to be able to build the website all members are kindly asked to provide pictures and logos. These can be uploaded in the google directory, or sent to the directory.
The working group on capacity building has planned a spring session on localizing development. The date will be the 24th of March 2022 from 13:00 till 14:30. If you would like to join and you are not a existing member of the working group please register here.
As a reminder, the capacity building working group is gatering online training materials meant for CIGS and their partners. These materials can be viewed in the online database. To add new materials to the database please use this form.
Just after the launch of the Network two new organisations informed us that they would like to join the network. The Small International Development Charities Network from England and the Consorzio ONG Piemontesi from Italy joined. We welcome these new members.
Please help to further expand the network into new European countries and regions by spreading the announcement (English) (French) (German) among our international networks. For the announcement a visual is prepared which can be downloaded.
Currently the network consists of the 12 member organisations and a research partner the Radboud University from Nijmegen the Netherlands . If you have suggestions for new members please provide them in this document.
A new meeting of the temporary coordination group is being planned on the 23rd of November 2021 from 10:00 to 11:00. If you would like to participate in this meeting please mail the secretariat.
On the 14th of October 2021 at 10:30 the Funding working group of the network held a knowledge exchange meeting. This meeting went into dept on the assessment criteria that we apply and how we guarantee transparency towards the applicants.
The meeting was recorded in zoom you can obtain link to the recordings on request.
On the world day for the eradication of poverty at Sunday 17th of October, the European Network for Citizen Initiatives in Global Solidarity has been launched.
This was and is done through social-media posts, website news items and newsletters of all the 10 member organisations. They are conveying this announcement (English) (French) (German) among stakeholders and members of their international network. For the announcement a visual is prepared which can be downloaded.
Currently the network consists of the 10 member organisations. The coordination group is looking for new members to further extend the network in Europe. If you have suggestions please provide them in this document.