Civil society organisations

12:59 07/09/2010
Civil society organisations demonstrators in Kenya

Fund the Fund – now!

Excuse me for sounding like a broken record regarding the Global Fund (Global Fund on AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM))!

My updates from the International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA) dwelt on this issue and here is some more; it’s just that it is a serious issue, literally a matter… Read more »

12:59 07/09/2010
A seminar at the South Asia Social Forum

Working against injustice in Bangladesh

Over the last few years VSO in Bangladesh has been working for the decentralisation of local government, to make it more effective for marginalised and poor people in rural areas.

A few weeks ago, I helped run a seminar – ‘Decentralisation of local government: the Bangladesh context’ – at the South Asia Social Forum in… Read more »

12:59 07/09/2010
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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