IFP International Forum of National NGO Platforms Newslletter. Nº2, May-June 2013. Visit our website http://www.ong-ngo.org/en
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This second edition of the newsletter of the International Forum of National NGO platforms (IFP) consists of information gathered during the last few month concerning the IFP and its members. The highlight point was the World Social Forum 2013 in Tunis. This event was marked by debates on the Arab revolutions and was attended by nearly 60,000 people from 4,500 organizations and movements from five continents. More than 1000 self-managed activities and 31 convergence assemblies were held. The IFP actively participated in the program by organizing two self-managed activities: one on the enabling environment for the action of civil society, and the other on the creation of national NGO platforms. We must also acknowledge the members of the IFP platforms that were able to share their experiences with organizations and movements from around the world during the course of the Forum.
In this newsletter, you will also find the publication of VANI’s study (Voluntary Action Network India) on “Enabling environment for voluntary organizations: a global campaign” as well as a declaration of the NGO Federation of Nepal and a note in memory of Mrs. Lalao Randriamampionona, president of the National Platform of Civil Society Organizations of Madagascar - PFNOSC.
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::: NEWS >

IFP promotes event on the creation of national NGO platforms at FSM2013

The IFP held during the World Social Forum (WSF) 2013 in Tunis, Tunisia, a workshop on “Creating an NGO Platform: opportunities and challenges”. Discussions covered four main central role in national platforms: platform as a political actor to democracy and advocacy; their role in the development of the institutional organizations, the defensive front can promote the processes of criminalization and delegitimization of NGOs, and the production knowledge, an issue considered fundamental in the field. >> Read the full article here

Activists discuss an enabling environment for CSOs activities in an event promoted by the IFP

The workshop organized by the International Forum of National NGO Platforms (IFP) during the 2013 World Social Forum in Tunis, addressed the issue of an “enabling environment for CSOs”, focusing on the debate on the criminalization of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), their recognition as a political actor and their role in building democracies>> Read the full article here

Declaration of the Social Movements Assembly WSForum 2013, Tunisia

As the Social Movements Assembly of the World Social Forum of Tunisia, 2013, we are gathered here to affirm the fundamental contribution of peoples of Maghreb-Mashrek (from North Africa to the Middle East), in the construction of human civilization. We affirm that decolonization for oppressed peoples remains for us, the social movements of the world, a challenge of the greatest importance.

WSF 2013 participants hold dialogue on the process of participatory democracy and the revolutionary movements

ABONG organized the debate "Practices of Participatory Democracy", which included the participation of people and organizations from around the world, including Brazil, Tunisia, Norway, Italy, France and Morocco. They shared experiences of participation (or lack thereof) in the definition and implementation of public policy, with emphasis on the need to overcome the current forms of democracy..  
>> Read the full article here

WSF Women Revolution Continues

In Tunisia, women from all over the world held a Women’s Assembly and reaffirmed the importance of solidarity between peoples in confronting sexism and patriarchy, which are expressed in the different social and political contexts they experience. With the presence of many Tunisian, Palestinian, Moroccan, Senegalese, French and Brazilian women, among many other countries in Africa, Middle East, Europe, America and Asia, the Assembly emphasized the struggle for secular states, against legal, institutional, economic, political, social and cultural inequalities, and for autonomy and emancipation of women in the world.   
>> Read the full article here


::: NEWS from our members >


Enabling environment for voluntary organizations: A global campaign

A study prepared by VANI (Voluntary Action Network India) platform highlights the legislative environments under which civil society operates in the above mentioned countries under the following domains: registration, foreign contributions, income tax, relationship between the government and Voluntary Organisations.
>> Read the article here

NGO Federation of Nepal Expresses Serious Concern towards the Move to Dissolve Maldivian NGOs

The NGO Federation of Nepal (NFN) has a serious concern to the statement of Maldives Minister of State for Home Affairs Abdulla Mohamed to dissolve nearly 70 percent of the Maldivian NGOs. This kind of step is really disheartening to the NGOs and civil society movement not only in Maldives but around the world >> Read the article here

In Memorian Ms Lalao Randriamampionona

President of the National Platform of Civil Society Organizations of Madagascar – PFNOSC
>> Read the article here


::: OPINION 



World Social Forum 2013: A Citizen’s Open University

by Steve Lalande, LUNGOS, Seychelles
The WSF is an interesting breeding ground for new awareness and citizen's emancipation. It demonstrates the concept of an Open University and therefore more citizens ofthe world should try to participate in the event.
>> Read the full article here


::: AGENDA /RESOURCES


New IFP publication on it initiatives of non-governmental diplomacy

From the beginning, the concept of non-governmental diplomacy (NGDE) has been at the heart of the IFP’s activities. Seven thematic NGDE were identified and conducted under the IFP framework by its members between 2009 and 2012
The positions and advocacy perspectives of each initiative are presented in a brochure that you can download here

 


The IFP Council will meet in Brussels  

The IFP Council will meet to discuss the IFP’s strategic plan for the next few years, the promotion of an enabling environment for Civil Society Organizations, its implication in the post-2015 Agenda and the cooperation between IFP members for a more global action.
This event will take place alongside CONCORD’s General Assembly- the European Confederation for relief and development - with which the IFP has been collaborating for several years, and the celebration of CONCORD’s 10th anniversary. The IFP will organize a workshop on enabling environment for Civil Society Organizations on the morning of 4th June which will gather experts from different NGOs and NGO networks. This will allow more solidarity between CSOs that have to face a narrowing of their democratic, financial and legal space. As a result of this sharing of experiences and good practices, concrete ways of cooperation will be identified between IFP members and other present organizations.
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