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VSO India's Praveen Kumar at CIVICUS conference

CIVICUS day 3 – Volunteerism and citizen participation

On the final day the of the CIVICUS conference we explored global decision-making and how we can bring civil society and citizens’ voices from the margins to the centre (especially with social media).

VSO and UN Volunteers along with CIVICUS, hosted a very successful workshop to show how volunteerism… Read more »

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Man in a field

CIVICUS day 2 – Model Forest and climate justice

Climate justice is one of the themes of the CIVICUS World Assembly. The question for those fighting for climate justice is how to connect up local voices to the global decision-making stage. VSO/CUSO-VSO led a workshop on Model Forest projects to explore best practice and share lessons learned.

In Cameroon there… Read more »

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Volunteer and villagers in Kenya

Acting together for a just world

I’m happy to be in Montreal this week for the 10th anniversary of the CIVICUS World Assembly – a global gathering of civil society to promote their ethos “acting together for a just world”. This year’s theme is ‘Civil Society and Global Decision-Making: doing it better’.

I started the day with my colleagues… Read more »


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