In times of crisis many citizens feel compelled to undertake action. The current refugee crisis that is taking place as a result of the Russian invasion in Ukraine is such a crisis. Citizens decide overnight to undertake action. Citizen Initiatives in Global Solidarity are often the rally points through which such actions can take place. The existence of often personal solidarity relations and years of peacefull cooperation between people from Ukraine and other European countries makes that many feel that this crisis is very personal. But not always actions are best channeled, starting your own action even as a Citizen Initiative in Global Solidarity requires some consideration. To help people in making these considerations the CAOS team of the Radboud University of Nijmegen has made the citizens for citizens factsheet.
Humanitarian Aid from the Partnership Fund from Poland for their partner in Ivano-Frankivsk in Ukraine.
On the international day for the eradication of poverty on the 17th of October 2021, a group of 10 European organisations established the European Network for Citizen Initiatives for Global Solidarity. This network aims to support and develop the movement of citizen initiatives for global solidarity in Europe. A movement of citizen initiatives of which many focus on the eradication of poverty. The network will be a European platform for all those that in one way or another support such citizen initiatives in global solidarity and believe in citizen-driven development.
The founding members of the from a news message of Hub Cymru Africa.
On the 20th and 21st of June, the second European Conference on Citizen Initiatives for International Solidarity (CIGS) was held in Brussels. The conference discussed the three roles CIGS can have; as partners for development in the South, as a catalyst for change in their own communities in Europe and as a vehicle for the development of individual global citizenship and international solidarity of citizens.
During the conference a European analysis and identification of the significance of citizen initiatives in global development, was presented by researchers from HIVA the University of Leuven, Belgium and CAOS from the Radboud University in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. The conference enabled networking among the 100 present professionals and improved understanding of the CIGS.
The conference ended with signing a common declaration to further support to citizen initiatives in global solidarity in Europe.