Thursday, February 28, 2013

Article: Arab Civil Society at the Crossroad of Democratization: the Arab Spring Impact


The uprisings that the Arab world has experienced since the end of 2010 have fundamentally affected all the countries of the region. In this context, while civil society has had a profound role to play, the level of development of civil associations in each of the countries of the region has not been irrelevant to the outcomes. The diversity in outcomes is matched by a similar differentiation in the nature of the states and regimes, with civil society experiencing a similar evolutionary path. This paper aims to identify the notion of civil society and its components vis-à-vis the Arab world, and accordingly to present a classification of the Arab states, based on the degree of the active presence of civil associations. The linkages between civil society and democracy are also explored. Finally the paper offers a set of policy suggestions with regard to the enhancement of Arab civil society.

Neighbourhood South glossary now online

The glossary of words commonly used in the EU’s relations with its European Neighbourhood partners in the South, put together by the EU Neighbourhood Info Centre, is available online in pdf format.

The Neighbourhood South glossary includes over 40 references and exists in English, French and Arabic. It covers political, technical and other words and terms one may come across when writing about or dealing with the Southern Neighbourhood.

The references and definitions have hyperlinks leading back to an official EU or other source from which more information is available, including material produced by the EU Neighbourhood Info Centre, such as interviews.

The EU Neighbourhood Info Centre recently updated its general Neighbourhood Glossary, covering both South and East. It is available online in English, French, Arabic and Russian.

Other glossaries and guides are also available on the EU Neighbourhood Info Centre website, in a section regularly updated. 

These are: 
a EuropeAid glossary for civil society and development aid; 
Thematic glossaries prepared by various Directorates General on issues ranging from education to business; Eurojargon that explains words used in daily EU talk ('eurospeak'); 
an EU glossary explaining technical and legal terms; 
an EC thematic index with general terms; 
and Acronyms of EC Directorates-General and Services.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Article: What the Peacebuilding Community Can Contribute to Political Transitions in North Africa and Beyond

by Jennifer Milliken

The 2011 Annual Meeting of the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform investigated the potential contributions of the peacebuilding community to the political transitions in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). With some of the MENA revolutions entering into a consolidation phase after periods of rapid change,  the question of managing long term transformation processes within states and societies is ever more important. It is in the critical years when revolutions are translated into new political rules of the game that the peacebuilding community has an important – yet so far relatively neglected – contribution to make.

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Article: Arab Civil Societies after the Uprisings: Challenges during Political Transitions

The popular uprisings that have swept the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) in 2011 present a historic event that has fundamentally changed the domestic power dynamics across the region. While civil society has played a prominent role during the protests, its influence seems to be waning. This Issue Brief explores some of the main challenges faced by Arab civil societies in the ongoing political transitions, namely: 
  • Internal divisions within civil society that prevent effective cooperation;
  • Trade-offs between different organizational structures;
  • Tensions that arise from civil society’s relations with the political sphere; and
  • Exclusive and contradictory international policies and donor relations.
This Issue Brief is the first in a series of papers that disseminate the interim results of research and various consultations taking place with different partners under the auspices of the Graduate Institute’s Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (CCDP). Part of an ongoing project, this initiative, entitled “Arab Spring: Challenges during Political Transitions and Comparative Lessons for Civil Societies in the Middle East and North Africa”, aims to strengthen the role and sustainable participation of civil society groups in the MENA region during the consolidation phase of the current transitions.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Article: New Opportunities for Political Science

YCSD underlines the most attractive trends in Political Science. That is why the uprisings that swept the Arab world following the fall of Tunisia’s President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali in January 2011 represented a stunning moment in the region’s political history. For political scientists specializing in the region, the events of the last year and a half represented an exhilarating moment of potential change but also an important opportunity to develop new research questions, engage in new comparisons, and exploit new data and information. The Arab uprisings challenged long-held theories dominant in the field, particularly about the resilience of authoritarian regimes, while opening up entirely new areas of legitimate social scientific inquiry. 

The Project on Middle East Political Science (POMEPS) was created in 2010 in part to build the capacity of Middle East experts to engage and inform policy-makers, the public sphere, and other political scientists about the region. On May 29 to 30, 2012, POMEPS convened a group of leading political scientists who specialize in the Middle East for its third annual conference at George Washington University to discuss the opportunities and challenges that the Arab uprisings pose to the subfield. Participants were asked:

Article: On Political Union in Europe: The Changing Landscape of Decision-making and Political Accountability

by Philippe de Schoutheete, Stefano Micossi

This 14-page essay discusses how recent developments have modified the existing allocation of tasks between the EU and national levels and the legitimising mechanisms in decision-making by the EU institutions.

The return of political union to centre-stage has been a product of necessity, i.e. the need to overcome an existential crisis of the eurozone. The arrangements and instruments set up to cope with the crisis have generated a change in nature of Union institutions, as the centre of gravity of common policies has shifted from market opening, trade and agriculture, to the coordination of economic policies – an area where the Union competences were heretofore limited to ‘soft’ coordination and budgetary discipline by means of peer pressure within the European Council.

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Monday, February 25, 2013

POMEPS Arab Uprisings Bibliography: Articles

YCSD pays great attention to issues concerning Arab Spring processes and transitions in the MENA region. Therefore, we explore the most noticeable sources dedicated to this subject. 

Today we attract your attention to academic works which are placed on the web of  the Project on Middle East Political Science (POMEPS). Moreover, organisers have gotten multiple requests for recommendations of works on the Arab Uprisings, so they are happy announce, that you can send along any new academic articles or publications to cmss@gwu.edu and they will continue to update the Arab Uprisings Bibliography.

For instance: 
  • Aday, Sean, Henry Farrell, Deen Freelon, Marc Lynch and John Sides. New Media and Conflict After the Arab Spring. US Institute for Peace (2012).
  • Adely, Fida. “The Emergence of a New Labor Movement in Jordan.” Middle East Report 264 (2012).
  • Affaya, Mohammed Noureddine. “The ‘Arab Spring’: Breaking the Chains of Authoritarianism and Postponed Democracy.” Contemporary Arab Affairs 4, no.4 (2011), 463-83.
  • Ahmed, Amel. “Revolutionary blind spots: The politics of electoral choice and the Egyptian transition.” Middle East Law and Governance 3 (2011), 3-12.
  • Ajami, Fouad. “The Arab Spring at One: A Year of Living Dangerously.” Foreign Affairs 91, no. 2 (2012): 56-65.
  • Albrecht, Holger and Dina Bishara. “Back on Horseback: The Military and Political Transformation in Egypt.”Middle East Law and Governance 3 (2011), 13-23.

Source: http://pomeps.org/
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Article: Political Stability in Authoritarian Regimes: Lessons from the Arab Uprisings

by Cecilia Emma Sottilotta

A 14-page Italian working paper exploring the conceptual loopholes into which Western policy-makers have often fallen when choosing stability over democracy in the southern Mediterranean region.

History abounds with instances in which Western countries have pursued policies supporting authoritarian regimes, while lukewarmly investing in  democracy promotion. The EU and US’s attitudes vis-à-vis the Middle East and Northern Africa (MENA) region has followed this pattern. By looking at political discourse and practice, this paper explores the conceptual loopholes into which Western policymakers have often fallen when choosing stability over democracy in the southern Mediterranean region. This paper focuses on US and EU attitudes towards MENA countries before and after the start of the Arab Spring with the goal of reappraising mainstream approaches to political stability amongst both governmental and non-governmental actors.

Source: http://www.iai.it/
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Projects in Action: EU regional cooperation through the eyes of journalists

Projects in Action, a magazine produced by the EU Neighbourhood Info Centre is published today, highlighting the grass roots impact of EU Neighbourhood cooperation, with stories about real people in real communities across the EU's neighbourhood from the Maghreb to the Caucasus. 

For the past two years, local journalists and photographers collaborating with the Info Centre have been visiting EU-funded projects – ranging from initiatives to empower Palestinian women, to forest protection patrols in Azerbaijan, from support to filmmakers portraying the Arab Spring, to a project highlighting the avant-garde architectural legacy of Moscow.

Introduced by an interview with Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle, the Projects in Action magazine brings together feature stories and photographs produced over the past year by the EU Neighbourhood Info Centre in two editions, one dedicated to the Eastern Neighbourhood, and one to the EU's Southern Neighbours.

Source: http://www.enpi-info.eu
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Call for applications: PLURAL+ 2013 Youth Video Festival

Deadline: June 30th 2013

The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) again invite the world’s youth to submit original and creative videos focusing on PLURAL+ themes: migration, diversity and social inclusion.

A prestigious international jury will select three winners in each age categories (9-12, 13-17, and 18-25). All the winners will be invited to New York, all travel expenses paid, to present their work at the PLURAL + 2013 Awards Ceremony at the Paley Center for Media in December 2013.

PLURAL+ 2013 deadline for video submission is 30 June, 2013.
Early submissions are encouraged. Further information, including guidelines, regulations, awards, and the entry form can be found at the PLURAL+ website at: www.unaoc.org/pluralplus.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Mention: Euro Area Is Russia's Best Strategic Partner

by Lucio Vinhas de Souza

It is no surprise that Russia and the euro area have important economic links. The euro area, despite disappointing growth and prolonged economic stresses, retains a very large share of global gross domestic product. At around 17.5 percent, the share is roughly 6.5 times larger than the Russian economy and almost 60 percent larger than China's. The euro area is also geographically close to Russia's most important economic centers east of the Urals.

The economic importance of the euro area for Russia is present in several dimensions, starting with trade flows. Around a third of Russian exports, measured by value, go to the euro area — a share that is five times larger than the amount of Russian exports that go to China.

The same importance of the euro area for Russia can be seen in terms of foreign direct investment. The euro area is the source of around three-fourths of all foreign direct investment, and the European Union as a whole accounts for almost 85 percent.

Mention: The Weakest Link? Hedging Energy Security Challenges and Opportunities within the Eastern Neighborhood, the Mediterranean and the Black Sea/Caspian Region

by Slawomir Raszewski

The shift from oil to gas has inevitably led to the emergence of regional energy politics with a growing number of stakeholders involved in influencing and shaping the energy security discussion. What used to be predominantly the sovereign decision of a state has now become a subject of discussion which, owing to geological, political and often security constraints, may have an effect on the success of a policy. The regional aspect of energy politics is particularly potent with regard to natural gas. This is especially the case with regard to the broader geographical space comprising of the Eastern Neighborhood, the Mediterranean and the Black Sea/Caspian region. With the world’s largest proven gas reserves to be found in this tripartite ‘Shared Neighborhood’, inevitably the dynamics of natural gas politics have conflated, demanding new solutions.

Call for applications: Euromed YOUTH Awards: for best projects within EuroMediterranean cooperation

Seminar / Conference

10-14 June 2013 | Jordan
Since the beginning of Youth in Action or EuroMed Youth IV your NGO is working in EuroMed? Do you have any good project realized? This activity is open to all the Programme Countries and MEDA. Read the description and, if you have a good project, apply!

EuroMed Youth Award is at its second edition and has as aim to celebrate the significant achievements of EuroMediterranean cooperation in youth field, a special event will be held in Jordan, from 10 to 14 June 2013. This event will be co-organised by the Jordanian hosting Institution, Salto Youth Euromed RC, RCBS, Jordanian Euromed Youth Unit, Euromed Youth Platform, Turkish National Agency, Italian National Agency, and Portuguese National Agency, Cyprus National Agency under the patronage of the European Commission.

Seminar to debate role of civil society in environment and sustainable development in the Mediterranean

A two-day Seminar aiming at strengthening the capacity of Southern Mediterranean civil society to build a new development model, integrating two dimensions, environment and sustainable development, is being organised by the EU-funded Civil Society Regional Programme from 21 to 23 February in the Jordanian capital Amman. 

The Seminar is organised in collaboration with ANND (Arab NGO Network for Development), a member of the Programme’s Consortium. It is expected to conclude with a series of recommendations on sustainable development addressing future national and European policies.

The aim of the Seminar is in line with the indications outlined by the Rio+20 UN Conference on sustainable development, held in 2012, and is particularly relevant at a time when the two shores of the Mediterranean are going through a financial crisis (to the North) and a democratic transition (in the South). These contexts call for a deep analysis and revision of development policies and models. 

Ashton and Lavrov take stock of international issues and EU-Russia relations

The situation in Syria, the upcoming E3+3 negotiations with Iran and some regional issues including Georgia, Nagorno-Karabakh and Transnistria, have been the focus of today’s meeting between EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Catherine Ashton and Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in the framework of the regular EU-Russia Political Dialogue. A statement issued by Catherine Ashton described the meeting as “an open and constructive exchange of views.” 

As regards Syria, Ashton and Lavrov gave full support to the efforts of the Joint Special Representative Brahimi. “The EU is encouraged by the recent initiative by the coalition leader Sheik Moaz Al Khatib for a political dialogue and hopes that representatives of Syrian regime do not miss this opportunity to help end the violence,” the statement said.

Ahead of the next round of the E3+3 negotiations with Iran on 26 February in Kazakhstan, Ashton and Lavrov voiced hope that substantial progress would be achieved. “We remain determined to work towards a solution of the Iranian nuclear issue and the key is for Iran to comply fully with its international obligations,” said Ashton.

With regard to the Middle East Peace Process, Catherine Ashton stressed “the urgent need for renewed, structured and substantial peace efforts in 2013 which will require work with all international partners, including through the Quartet.”

EU-Russia bilateral relations were also on the agenda of the meeting. “Russia is a key strategic partner for the EU,” the statement said, “and the new Agreement would bring a fresh momentum in the relationship.” 

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Monday, February 18, 2013

Call for applications: Understanding and Working with Conflict, Spain

Date: 13-20 April 2013 (including travel dates)
Place: Vilanova I la Geltrú, Barcelona
Open to all COUNCIL OF EUROPE MEMBER COUNTRIES

Understanding and Working with Conflict is an 8-day training course that aims to help young people to gain a new and improved appreciation of conflict, to deepen young people´s understanding about conflicts by closely looking at its nature and dynamics, and giving them practical skills and tools to transform their conflicts and learn from them. It will gather 30 youth workers, youth leaders and youth trainers from CoE member countries in Barcelona, Spain from 13th to 20th of April 2013.

The training will deal extensively with how to work with conflicts –its nature, types, how to analyse them, and different ways of dealing with them. Youth will learn and practice useful methods, which are inspiring and creative, based on arts, communication, dialogue and exchange. It aims to provide in-depth and holistic understanding of the conflicts in different levels.

The training starts from the idea that young people play an important role in conflict and violence in their societies. In one way or another, youth experience conflicts in their lives, making them vulnerable to resort to violent ways of responding to it. Social exclusion happens when young people suffer from a combination of linked problems derived from the continuing cycle of physical, social, cultural and structural violence - such as unemployment, poor skills, discrimination, lack of education, etc. This exclusion further creates a cycle of critical challenges facing young people, especially in the post-war regions, where thinking “outside the box” is needed. 

Call for Applications: Fellows for the Social Leader Forum 2013

The Social Leader Forum focuses on professional exchange of best practice and promoting interdisciplinary dialogue among civil society actors from the Caucasus region. The civil society in the Caucasus region is facing many challenges concerning development, sustainability, cooperation and in the relation with the population. Together, we want to openly address these obstacles and work on common solutions. For specific questions, please contact Mr. Gerrit Kraemer, coordinator of the Forum: kraemer@joint-civic-education.net. 

Capacity Building in Georgia and Turkey

The goal of these meetings in April and November is to exchange best practice examples and professionalize the work of local civil society actors through providing the fellows with inputs from international experts. These experts come from organizations like the BMW Foundation or the Centre for Social Investment at the University of Heidelberg. In the meetings we focus on the following questions
  • How to apply entrepreneurial instruments to increase success?
  • How to cooperate with the business sector and the public administration?
  • How to secure long-term funding?
  • How to attract and activate people?
  • How to be more effective?
  • How to work in a conflict environment?

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The Role of Think Tanks in Arab Transitions and Foreign Support

The European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed), in collaboration with EuroMeSCo, is implementing a programme to strengthen the capacities of think tanks and research institutes in Mediterranean countries funded by the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID). So far, two workshops have been organised in Brussels and Madrid and another two will be held soon in Morocco and Egypt. 

This policy brief by Pol Morillas reflects upon the results of the workshop “Rethinking the Role of Think Tanks and Research Institutes and EU Policies towards the Mediterranean”, held in Madrid on 14th December 2012 and organised in collaboration with Real Instituto Elcano and FRIDE. It argues that Arab think tanks can shape political transformations in the region by informing, convening and advocating democratic reform. It also presents a set of recommendations for external powers such as the European Union in support of Arab think tanks. 

Walking a Thin Line: The Role of Think Tanks in Arab Transitions and Foreign Support: http://www.euromesco.net/images/briefs/euromescobrief51.pdf

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Informal Eastern Partnership dialogues: EaP Foreign Ministers meet in Tbilisi

Eastern Partnership Foreign Ministers are meeting in Tbilisi today and tomorrow to discuss reforms related to the European agenda just a few months ahead of the third EaP Summit meeting in Vilnius in November. A press release ahead of the meeting said Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle and Deputy Secretary General of the European External Action Service Helga Schmid would take part in the second meeting of the Informal Eastern Partnership (EaP) dialogues bringing together Foreign Ministers and high level officials from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. 

Ministers are also due to discuss issues of common interest such as Syria, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Mali.

The meeting hosted by Georgia will be followed, for the first time ever, by a sectoral ministerial meeting - this time dedicated to transport - where the European Commission will be represented by Vice President Siim Kallas, the press release said.

“The Informal EaP dialogue meeting is an important occasion for the Foreign Ministers of the partner countries to engage in discussions about the implementation of reforms related to the European agenda just few months ahead of the third Summit meeting in Vilnius in November this year,” the press release said.

In Tbilisi, Štefan Füle and Helga Schmid will also meet with President Mikhail Saakashvili, Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili, Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze and representatives of the Georgian Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum National Platform.

In addition, Commissioner Füle will meet the Chairman of the Parliament David Usupashvili and the Chairman of the Parliamentary Minority David Bakradze, as well as the Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Alexi Petriashvili and representatives of the Georgian Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum National Platform.

The informal Eastern Partnership dialogues are held twice a year and hosted in turn by one of the Eastern Partnership countries. 

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Monday, February 11, 2013

Mosque and State: a history of failures: the region's Islamic governments

YCSD pays attention to different issues of interaction between state and religion. Therefore, it would be interesting to look at "Mosque and State" (info-graphic) by AlArabiya.


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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Как распределяются гранты для российских НКО?

31 января на круглом столе в Национальном исследовательском университете "Высшая Школа Экономики" эксперты Центра Трансперенси Интернешнл – Р (Центра ТИ-Р) представили доклад "Исследование информационной открытости системы распределения государственной поддержки НКО". Доклад был подготовлен Центром ТИ-Р и Проектно-учебной лабораторией антикоррупционной политики (ПУЛ АП). Первый доклад, подготовленный в рамках работы по исследованию распределения средств социально-ориентированным НКО, был представлен осенью 2012 года.

В представленном докладе проанализированы результаты распределения средств государственной поддержки некоммерческим неправительственным организациям, участвующим в развитии институтов гражданского общества в 2010 году. Общая сумма средств, выделенных распоряжением Президента, составляет миллиард рублей.

Исследователи обратили внимание как на информацию о грантооперторах, так и получателей наиболее крупных президентских грантов (на сумму более 3 миллионов рублей). Эта система сравнивается с распределением средств социально-ориентированным некоммерческим организациям. Каждому грантооператору в результате исследования присвоен балл информационной открытости. Самый высокий балл получила организация "Сопротивление" (6,33 из 8 возможных), самый низкий - Институт общественного проектирования (4,67 баллов).
В целом, распределение президентских грантов оказалось менее прозрачным, чем распределение средств в рамках поддержки социально-ориентированных некоммерческих организаций, осуществляемой МЭР. Единственное исключение – конечные получатели: в случае президентских грантов указывается не только НКО и сумма получаемых ей средств, но и название проекта и информация о нем.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Агентство социальной информации выпустило справочник "Как повысить известность своей НКО"

Справочник "Как повысить известность своей НКО" Агентства социальной информации предназначен сотрудникам социально ориентированных НКО, желающим повысить квалификацию в сфере коммуникаций. Авторы пособия – эксперты в области журналистики и пиара, ведущие вебинаров, которые АСИ проводило в 2012 году в рамках программы "Социально ориентированные НКО в информационном пространстве: коммуникации, просвещение, сотрудничество".

Краткое содержание справочника:
– Основы и специфика PR в некоммерческой сфере – от Евгения Мачнева. Особенности, преимущества и ограничения PR в некоммерческой сфере. Едины ли "законы PR" для всех? Что нужно иметь в виду НКО, разрабатывающей свои коммуникационные стратегии?
– Все разнообразие мероприятий – от Оксаны Тажировой. Что такое "специальное событие", или event, какие они бывают и как НКО эффективно пользоваться этим инструментом? Как найти повод для PR-мероприятия и как сделать его запоминающимся и работающим на ваши задачи?
– О работе с новостями и информационными материалами рассказывает Елена Темичева. В какие информационные потоки лучше встраиваться в эпоху веб 2.0? Как мы, НКО, выглядим в глазах медиа? Чего они от нас ждут и что мы можем им предложить? Как структурировать подачу информации эффективнее?
– Снова о веб 2.0 – Ирина Ганжа, но она говорит больше о том, как заставить работать на себя инструменты новых медиа. Как можно "раскрутить" свою организацию или мероприятие, не затратив ни копейки на создание специальных ресурсов? Какими навыками надо обладать, чтобы успешно пользоваться социальными сетями?
– Как НКО создать свой сайт, учит Дарья Алексеева. Основные шаги по созданию сайта на бесплатной платформе WordPress. Концептуальные и технические тонкости, советы и, конечно же, примеры.
– Про подготовку информационных материалов для Агентства социальной информации из первых рук рассказывает редактор АСИ Анна Минаева. О чем пишет АСИ, в каких жанрах и как написать материал, чтобы попасть на ленту/сайт АСИ или другого информационного агентства.

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Представители гражданского общества из 20ти стран могут принять участие в диалогах "Гражданской двадцатки"


В рамках "Гражданской двадцатки" (Civil 20) заработала интернет-платформа Dialogues для сбора предложений гражданского общества лидерам стран "двадцатки": Австралия, Аргентина, Бразилия, Великобритания, Германия, Европейский союз, Индия, Индонезия, Италия, Канада, Китай, Мексика, Россия, Саудовская Аравия, США, Турция, Франция, ЮАР, Южная Корея и Япония. Проект предназначен для расширения диалога и начала консультаций с гражданским обществом. Старт проекта знаменует начало подготовки к "гражданскому" саммиту G20, который впервые пройдет в России в июне 2013 года.
Целью Civil 20 является продуктивный диалог глобального гражданского общества, политиков и лиц, принимающих решения, на основе приоритетов, заявленных в официальной повестке российского председательства в G20. Россия – первая из стран-председателей в "группе двадцати" решила провести "гражданскую двадцатку".
Сейчас на сайте организованы онлайн-диалоги по шести тематическим группам: устойчивость экологического развития и энергетики, продовольственная безопасность, борьбы с коррупцией, рынок труда и занятости, финансовое образование, а также тема, посвященная целям развития тысячелетия (Post-2015 MDGs). На сайте уже зарегистрировано около 40 тыс. пользователей.
В соответствие с планом работы групп первый тур диалогов пройдет с 15 по 29 января, после этого всем членам групп будет предложено проголосовать за поданные предложения. Второй тур диалогов будет проводиться в марте-апреле.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Article: Arab Civil Society at the Crossroad of Democratization: the Arab Spring Impact


The uprisings that the Arab world has experienced since the end of 2010 have fundamentally affected all the countries of the region. In this context, while civil society has had a profound role to play, the level of development of civil associations in each of the countries of the region has not been irrelevant to the outcomes. The diversity in outcomes is matched by a similar differentiation in the nature of the states and regimes, with civil society experiencing a similar evolutionary path. This paper aims to identify the notion of civil society and its components vis-à-vis the Arab world, and accordingly to present a classification of the Arab states, based on the degree of the active presence of civil associations. The linkages between civil society and democracy are also explored. Finally the paper offers a set of policy suggestions with regard to the enhancement of Arab civil society.

Neighbourhood South glossary now online

The glossary of words commonly used in the EU’s relations with its European Neighbourhood partners in the South, put together by the EU Neighbourhood Info Centre, is available online in pdf format.

The Neighbourhood South glossary includes over 40 references and exists in English, French and Arabic. It covers political, technical and other words and terms one may come across when writing about or dealing with the Southern Neighbourhood.

The references and definitions have hyperlinks leading back to an official EU or other source from which more information is available, including material produced by the EU Neighbourhood Info Centre, such as interviews.

The EU Neighbourhood Info Centre recently updated its general Neighbourhood Glossary, covering both South and East. It is available online in English, French, Arabic and Russian.

Other glossaries and guides are also available on the EU Neighbourhood Info Centre website, in a section regularly updated. 

These are: 
a EuropeAid glossary for civil society and development aid; 
Thematic glossaries prepared by various Directorates General on issues ranging from education to business; Eurojargon that explains words used in daily EU talk ('eurospeak'); 
an EU glossary explaining technical and legal terms; 
an EC thematic index with general terms; 
and Acronyms of EC Directorates-General and Services.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Article: What the Peacebuilding Community Can Contribute to Political Transitions in North Africa and Beyond

by Jennifer Milliken

The 2011 Annual Meeting of the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform investigated the potential contributions of the peacebuilding community to the political transitions in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). With some of the MENA revolutions entering into a consolidation phase after periods of rapid change,  the question of managing long term transformation processes within states and societies is ever more important. It is in the critical years when revolutions are translated into new political rules of the game that the peacebuilding community has an important – yet so far relatively neglected – contribution to make.

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Article: Arab Civil Societies after the Uprisings: Challenges during Political Transitions

The popular uprisings that have swept the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) in 2011 present a historic event that has fundamentally changed the domestic power dynamics across the region. While civil society has played a prominent role during the protests, its influence seems to be waning. This Issue Brief explores some of the main challenges faced by Arab civil societies in the ongoing political transitions, namely: 
  • Internal divisions within civil society that prevent effective cooperation;
  • Trade-offs between different organizational structures;
  • Tensions that arise from civil society’s relations with the political sphere; and
  • Exclusive and contradictory international policies and donor relations.
This Issue Brief is the first in a series of papers that disseminate the interim results of research and various consultations taking place with different partners under the auspices of the Graduate Institute’s Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (CCDP). Part of an ongoing project, this initiative, entitled “Arab Spring: Challenges during Political Transitions and Comparative Lessons for Civil Societies in the Middle East and North Africa”, aims to strengthen the role and sustainable participation of civil society groups in the MENA region during the consolidation phase of the current transitions.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Article: New Opportunities for Political Science

YCSD underlines the most attractive trends in Political Science. That is why the uprisings that swept the Arab world following the fall of Tunisia’s President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali in January 2011 represented a stunning moment in the region’s political history. For political scientists specializing in the region, the events of the last year and a half represented an exhilarating moment of potential change but also an important opportunity to develop new research questions, engage in new comparisons, and exploit new data and information. The Arab uprisings challenged long-held theories dominant in the field, particularly about the resilience of authoritarian regimes, while opening up entirely new areas of legitimate social scientific inquiry. 

The Project on Middle East Political Science (POMEPS) was created in 2010 in part to build the capacity of Middle East experts to engage and inform policy-makers, the public sphere, and other political scientists about the region. On May 29 to 30, 2012, POMEPS convened a group of leading political scientists who specialize in the Middle East for its third annual conference at George Washington University to discuss the opportunities and challenges that the Arab uprisings pose to the subfield. Participants were asked:

Article: On Political Union in Europe: The Changing Landscape of Decision-making and Political Accountability

by Philippe de Schoutheete, Stefano Micossi

This 14-page essay discusses how recent developments have modified the existing allocation of tasks between the EU and national levels and the legitimising mechanisms in decision-making by the EU institutions.

The return of political union to centre-stage has been a product of necessity, i.e. the need to overcome an existential crisis of the eurozone. The arrangements and instruments set up to cope with the crisis have generated a change in nature of Union institutions, as the centre of gravity of common policies has shifted from market opening, trade and agriculture, to the coordination of economic policies – an area where the Union competences were heretofore limited to ‘soft’ coordination and budgetary discipline by means of peer pressure within the European Council.

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Monday, February 25, 2013

POMEPS Arab Uprisings Bibliography: Articles

YCSD pays great attention to issues concerning Arab Spring processes and transitions in the MENA region. Therefore, we explore the most noticeable sources dedicated to this subject. 

Today we attract your attention to academic works which are placed on the web of  the Project on Middle East Political Science (POMEPS). Moreover, organisers have gotten multiple requests for recommendations of works on the Arab Uprisings, so they are happy announce, that you can send along any new academic articles or publications to cmss@gwu.edu and they will continue to update the Arab Uprisings Bibliography.

For instance: 
  • Aday, Sean, Henry Farrell, Deen Freelon, Marc Lynch and John Sides. New Media and Conflict After the Arab Spring. US Institute for Peace (2012).
  • Adely, Fida. “The Emergence of a New Labor Movement in Jordan.” Middle East Report 264 (2012).
  • Affaya, Mohammed Noureddine. “The ‘Arab Spring’: Breaking the Chains of Authoritarianism and Postponed Democracy.” Contemporary Arab Affairs 4, no.4 (2011), 463-83.
  • Ahmed, Amel. “Revolutionary blind spots: The politics of electoral choice and the Egyptian transition.” Middle East Law and Governance 3 (2011), 3-12.
  • Ajami, Fouad. “The Arab Spring at One: A Year of Living Dangerously.” Foreign Affairs 91, no. 2 (2012): 56-65.
  • Albrecht, Holger and Dina Bishara. “Back on Horseback: The Military and Political Transformation in Egypt.”Middle East Law and Governance 3 (2011), 13-23.

Source: http://pomeps.org/
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Article: Political Stability in Authoritarian Regimes: Lessons from the Arab Uprisings

by Cecilia Emma Sottilotta

A 14-page Italian working paper exploring the conceptual loopholes into which Western policy-makers have often fallen when choosing stability over democracy in the southern Mediterranean region.

History abounds with instances in which Western countries have pursued policies supporting authoritarian regimes, while lukewarmly investing in  democracy promotion. The EU and US’s attitudes vis-à-vis the Middle East and Northern Africa (MENA) region has followed this pattern. By looking at political discourse and practice, this paper explores the conceptual loopholes into which Western policymakers have often fallen when choosing stability over democracy in the southern Mediterranean region. This paper focuses on US and EU attitudes towards MENA countries before and after the start of the Arab Spring with the goal of reappraising mainstream approaches to political stability amongst both governmental and non-governmental actors.

Source: http://www.iai.it/
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Projects in Action: EU regional cooperation through the eyes of journalists

Projects in Action, a magazine produced by the EU Neighbourhood Info Centre is published today, highlighting the grass roots impact of EU Neighbourhood cooperation, with stories about real people in real communities across the EU's neighbourhood from the Maghreb to the Caucasus. 

For the past two years, local journalists and photographers collaborating with the Info Centre have been visiting EU-funded projects – ranging from initiatives to empower Palestinian women, to forest protection patrols in Azerbaijan, from support to filmmakers portraying the Arab Spring, to a project highlighting the avant-garde architectural legacy of Moscow.

Introduced by an interview with Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle, the Projects in Action magazine brings together feature stories and photographs produced over the past year by the EU Neighbourhood Info Centre in two editions, one dedicated to the Eastern Neighbourhood, and one to the EU's Southern Neighbours.

Source: http://www.enpi-info.eu
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Call for applications: PLURAL+ 2013 Youth Video Festival

Deadline: June 30th 2013

The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) again invite the world’s youth to submit original and creative videos focusing on PLURAL+ themes: migration, diversity and social inclusion.

A prestigious international jury will select three winners in each age categories (9-12, 13-17, and 18-25). All the winners will be invited to New York, all travel expenses paid, to present their work at the PLURAL + 2013 Awards Ceremony at the Paley Center for Media in December 2013.

PLURAL+ 2013 deadline for video submission is 30 June, 2013.
Early submissions are encouraged. Further information, including guidelines, regulations, awards, and the entry form can be found at the PLURAL+ website at: www.unaoc.org/pluralplus.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Mention: Euro Area Is Russia's Best Strategic Partner

by Lucio Vinhas de Souza

It is no surprise that Russia and the euro area have important economic links. The euro area, despite disappointing growth and prolonged economic stresses, retains a very large share of global gross domestic product. At around 17.5 percent, the share is roughly 6.5 times larger than the Russian economy and almost 60 percent larger than China's. The euro area is also geographically close to Russia's most important economic centers east of the Urals.

The economic importance of the euro area for Russia is present in several dimensions, starting with trade flows. Around a third of Russian exports, measured by value, go to the euro area — a share that is five times larger than the amount of Russian exports that go to China.

The same importance of the euro area for Russia can be seen in terms of foreign direct investment. The euro area is the source of around three-fourths of all foreign direct investment, and the European Union as a whole accounts for almost 85 percent.

Mention: The Weakest Link? Hedging Energy Security Challenges and Opportunities within the Eastern Neighborhood, the Mediterranean and the Black Sea/Caspian Region

by Slawomir Raszewski

The shift from oil to gas has inevitably led to the emergence of regional energy politics with a growing number of stakeholders involved in influencing and shaping the energy security discussion. What used to be predominantly the sovereign decision of a state has now become a subject of discussion which, owing to geological, political and often security constraints, may have an effect on the success of a policy. The regional aspect of energy politics is particularly potent with regard to natural gas. This is especially the case with regard to the broader geographical space comprising of the Eastern Neighborhood, the Mediterranean and the Black Sea/Caspian region. With the world’s largest proven gas reserves to be found in this tripartite ‘Shared Neighborhood’, inevitably the dynamics of natural gas politics have conflated, demanding new solutions.

Call for applications: Euromed YOUTH Awards: for best projects within EuroMediterranean cooperation

Seminar / Conference

10-14 June 2013 | Jordan
Since the beginning of Youth in Action or EuroMed Youth IV your NGO is working in EuroMed? Do you have any good project realized? This activity is open to all the Programme Countries and MEDA. Read the description and, if you have a good project, apply!

EuroMed Youth Award is at its second edition and has as aim to celebrate the significant achievements of EuroMediterranean cooperation in youth field, a special event will be held in Jordan, from 10 to 14 June 2013. This event will be co-organised by the Jordanian hosting Institution, Salto Youth Euromed RC, RCBS, Jordanian Euromed Youth Unit, Euromed Youth Platform, Turkish National Agency, Italian National Agency, and Portuguese National Agency, Cyprus National Agency under the patronage of the European Commission.

Seminar to debate role of civil society in environment and sustainable development in the Mediterranean

A two-day Seminar aiming at strengthening the capacity of Southern Mediterranean civil society to build a new development model, integrating two dimensions, environment and sustainable development, is being organised by the EU-funded Civil Society Regional Programme from 21 to 23 February in the Jordanian capital Amman. 

The Seminar is organised in collaboration with ANND (Arab NGO Network for Development), a member of the Programme’s Consortium. It is expected to conclude with a series of recommendations on sustainable development addressing future national and European policies.

The aim of the Seminar is in line with the indications outlined by the Rio+20 UN Conference on sustainable development, held in 2012, and is particularly relevant at a time when the two shores of the Mediterranean are going through a financial crisis (to the North) and a democratic transition (in the South). These contexts call for a deep analysis and revision of development policies and models. 

Ashton and Lavrov take stock of international issues and EU-Russia relations

The situation in Syria, the upcoming E3+3 negotiations with Iran and some regional issues including Georgia, Nagorno-Karabakh and Transnistria, have been the focus of today’s meeting between EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Catherine Ashton and Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in the framework of the regular EU-Russia Political Dialogue. A statement issued by Catherine Ashton described the meeting as “an open and constructive exchange of views.” 

As regards Syria, Ashton and Lavrov gave full support to the efforts of the Joint Special Representative Brahimi. “The EU is encouraged by the recent initiative by the coalition leader Sheik Moaz Al Khatib for a political dialogue and hopes that representatives of Syrian regime do not miss this opportunity to help end the violence,” the statement said.

Ahead of the next round of the E3+3 negotiations with Iran on 26 February in Kazakhstan, Ashton and Lavrov voiced hope that substantial progress would be achieved. “We remain determined to work towards a solution of the Iranian nuclear issue and the key is for Iran to comply fully with its international obligations,” said Ashton.

With regard to the Middle East Peace Process, Catherine Ashton stressed “the urgent need for renewed, structured and substantial peace efforts in 2013 which will require work with all international partners, including through the Quartet.”

EU-Russia bilateral relations were also on the agenda of the meeting. “Russia is a key strategic partner for the EU,” the statement said, “and the new Agreement would bring a fresh momentum in the relationship.” 

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Monday, February 18, 2013

Call for applications: Understanding and Working with Conflict, Spain

Date: 13-20 April 2013 (including travel dates)
Place: Vilanova I la Geltrú, Barcelona
Open to all COUNCIL OF EUROPE MEMBER COUNTRIES

Understanding and Working with Conflict is an 8-day training course that aims to help young people to gain a new and improved appreciation of conflict, to deepen young people´s understanding about conflicts by closely looking at its nature and dynamics, and giving them practical skills and tools to transform their conflicts and learn from them. It will gather 30 youth workers, youth leaders and youth trainers from CoE member countries in Barcelona, Spain from 13th to 20th of April 2013.

The training will deal extensively with how to work with conflicts –its nature, types, how to analyse them, and different ways of dealing with them. Youth will learn and practice useful methods, which are inspiring and creative, based on arts, communication, dialogue and exchange. It aims to provide in-depth and holistic understanding of the conflicts in different levels.

The training starts from the idea that young people play an important role in conflict and violence in their societies. In one way or another, youth experience conflicts in their lives, making them vulnerable to resort to violent ways of responding to it. Social exclusion happens when young people suffer from a combination of linked problems derived from the continuing cycle of physical, social, cultural and structural violence - such as unemployment, poor skills, discrimination, lack of education, etc. This exclusion further creates a cycle of critical challenges facing young people, especially in the post-war regions, where thinking “outside the box” is needed. 

Call for Applications: Fellows for the Social Leader Forum 2013

The Social Leader Forum focuses on professional exchange of best practice and promoting interdisciplinary dialogue among civil society actors from the Caucasus region. The civil society in the Caucasus region is facing many challenges concerning development, sustainability, cooperation and in the relation with the population. Together, we want to openly address these obstacles and work on common solutions. For specific questions, please contact Mr. Gerrit Kraemer, coordinator of the Forum: kraemer@joint-civic-education.net. 

Capacity Building in Georgia and Turkey

The goal of these meetings in April and November is to exchange best practice examples and professionalize the work of local civil society actors through providing the fellows with inputs from international experts. These experts come from organizations like the BMW Foundation or the Centre for Social Investment at the University of Heidelberg. In the meetings we focus on the following questions
  • How to apply entrepreneurial instruments to increase success?
  • How to cooperate with the business sector and the public administration?
  • How to secure long-term funding?
  • How to attract and activate people?
  • How to be more effective?
  • How to work in a conflict environment?

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The Role of Think Tanks in Arab Transitions and Foreign Support

The European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed), in collaboration with EuroMeSCo, is implementing a programme to strengthen the capacities of think tanks and research institutes in Mediterranean countries funded by the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID). So far, two workshops have been organised in Brussels and Madrid and another two will be held soon in Morocco and Egypt. 

This policy brief by Pol Morillas reflects upon the results of the workshop “Rethinking the Role of Think Tanks and Research Institutes and EU Policies towards the Mediterranean”, held in Madrid on 14th December 2012 and organised in collaboration with Real Instituto Elcano and FRIDE. It argues that Arab think tanks can shape political transformations in the region by informing, convening and advocating democratic reform. It also presents a set of recommendations for external powers such as the European Union in support of Arab think tanks. 

Walking a Thin Line: The Role of Think Tanks in Arab Transitions and Foreign Support: http://www.euromesco.net/images/briefs/euromescobrief51.pdf

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Informal Eastern Partnership dialogues: EaP Foreign Ministers meet in Tbilisi

Eastern Partnership Foreign Ministers are meeting in Tbilisi today and tomorrow to discuss reforms related to the European agenda just a few months ahead of the third EaP Summit meeting in Vilnius in November. A press release ahead of the meeting said Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle and Deputy Secretary General of the European External Action Service Helga Schmid would take part in the second meeting of the Informal Eastern Partnership (EaP) dialogues bringing together Foreign Ministers and high level officials from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. 

Ministers are also due to discuss issues of common interest such as Syria, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Mali.

The meeting hosted by Georgia will be followed, for the first time ever, by a sectoral ministerial meeting - this time dedicated to transport - where the European Commission will be represented by Vice President Siim Kallas, the press release said.

“The Informal EaP dialogue meeting is an important occasion for the Foreign Ministers of the partner countries to engage in discussions about the implementation of reforms related to the European agenda just few months ahead of the third Summit meeting in Vilnius in November this year,” the press release said.

In Tbilisi, Štefan Füle and Helga Schmid will also meet with President Mikhail Saakashvili, Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili, Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze and representatives of the Georgian Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum National Platform.

In addition, Commissioner Füle will meet the Chairman of the Parliament David Usupashvili and the Chairman of the Parliamentary Minority David Bakradze, as well as the Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Alexi Petriashvili and representatives of the Georgian Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum National Platform.

The informal Eastern Partnership dialogues are held twice a year and hosted in turn by one of the Eastern Partnership countries. 

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Monday, February 11, 2013

Mosque and State: a history of failures: the region's Islamic governments

YCSD pays attention to different issues of interaction between state and religion. Therefore, it would be interesting to look at "Mosque and State" (info-graphic) by AlArabiya.


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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Как распределяются гранты для российских НКО?

31 января на круглом столе в Национальном исследовательском университете "Высшая Школа Экономики" эксперты Центра Трансперенси Интернешнл – Р (Центра ТИ-Р) представили доклад "Исследование информационной открытости системы распределения государственной поддержки НКО". Доклад был подготовлен Центром ТИ-Р и Проектно-учебной лабораторией антикоррупционной политики (ПУЛ АП). Первый доклад, подготовленный в рамках работы по исследованию распределения средств социально-ориентированным НКО, был представлен осенью 2012 года.

В представленном докладе проанализированы результаты распределения средств государственной поддержки некоммерческим неправительственным организациям, участвующим в развитии институтов гражданского общества в 2010 году. Общая сумма средств, выделенных распоряжением Президента, составляет миллиард рублей.

Исследователи обратили внимание как на информацию о грантооперторах, так и получателей наиболее крупных президентских грантов (на сумму более 3 миллионов рублей). Эта система сравнивается с распределением средств социально-ориентированным некоммерческим организациям. Каждому грантооператору в результате исследования присвоен балл информационной открытости. Самый высокий балл получила организация "Сопротивление" (6,33 из 8 возможных), самый низкий - Институт общественного проектирования (4,67 баллов).
В целом, распределение президентских грантов оказалось менее прозрачным, чем распределение средств в рамках поддержки социально-ориентированных некоммерческих организаций, осуществляемой МЭР. Единственное исключение – конечные получатели: в случае президентских грантов указывается не только НКО и сумма получаемых ей средств, но и название проекта и информация о нем.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Агентство социальной информации выпустило справочник "Как повысить известность своей НКО"

Справочник "Как повысить известность своей НКО" Агентства социальной информации предназначен сотрудникам социально ориентированных НКО, желающим повысить квалификацию в сфере коммуникаций. Авторы пособия – эксперты в области журналистики и пиара, ведущие вебинаров, которые АСИ проводило в 2012 году в рамках программы "Социально ориентированные НКО в информационном пространстве: коммуникации, просвещение, сотрудничество".

Краткое содержание справочника:
– Основы и специфика PR в некоммерческой сфере – от Евгения Мачнева. Особенности, преимущества и ограничения PR в некоммерческой сфере. Едины ли "законы PR" для всех? Что нужно иметь в виду НКО, разрабатывающей свои коммуникационные стратегии?
– Все разнообразие мероприятий – от Оксаны Тажировой. Что такое "специальное событие", или event, какие они бывают и как НКО эффективно пользоваться этим инструментом? Как найти повод для PR-мероприятия и как сделать его запоминающимся и работающим на ваши задачи?
– О работе с новостями и информационными материалами рассказывает Елена Темичева. В какие информационные потоки лучше встраиваться в эпоху веб 2.0? Как мы, НКО, выглядим в глазах медиа? Чего они от нас ждут и что мы можем им предложить? Как структурировать подачу информации эффективнее?
– Снова о веб 2.0 – Ирина Ганжа, но она говорит больше о том, как заставить работать на себя инструменты новых медиа. Как можно "раскрутить" свою организацию или мероприятие, не затратив ни копейки на создание специальных ресурсов? Какими навыками надо обладать, чтобы успешно пользоваться социальными сетями?
– Как НКО создать свой сайт, учит Дарья Алексеева. Основные шаги по созданию сайта на бесплатной платформе WordPress. Концептуальные и технические тонкости, советы и, конечно же, примеры.
– Про подготовку информационных материалов для Агентства социальной информации из первых рук рассказывает редактор АСИ Анна Минаева. О чем пишет АСИ, в каких жанрах и как написать материал, чтобы попасть на ленту/сайт АСИ или другого информационного агентства.

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Представители гражданского общества из 20ти стран могут принять участие в диалогах "Гражданской двадцатки"


В рамках "Гражданской двадцатки" (Civil 20) заработала интернет-платформа Dialogues для сбора предложений гражданского общества лидерам стран "двадцатки": Австралия, Аргентина, Бразилия, Великобритания, Германия, Европейский союз, Индия, Индонезия, Италия, Канада, Китай, Мексика, Россия, Саудовская Аравия, США, Турция, Франция, ЮАР, Южная Корея и Япония. Проект предназначен для расширения диалога и начала консультаций с гражданским обществом. Старт проекта знаменует начало подготовки к "гражданскому" саммиту G20, который впервые пройдет в России в июне 2013 года.
Целью Civil 20 является продуктивный диалог глобального гражданского общества, политиков и лиц, принимающих решения, на основе приоритетов, заявленных в официальной повестке российского председательства в G20. Россия – первая из стран-председателей в "группе двадцати" решила провести "гражданскую двадцатку".
Сейчас на сайте организованы онлайн-диалоги по шести тематическим группам: устойчивость экологического развития и энергетики, продовольственная безопасность, борьбы с коррупцией, рынок труда и занятости, финансовое образование, а также тема, посвященная целям развития тысячелетия (Post-2015 MDGs). На сайте уже зарегистрировано около 40 тыс. пользователей.
В соответствие с планом работы групп первый тур диалогов пройдет с 15 по 29 января, после этого всем членам групп будет предложено проголосовать за поданные предложения. Второй тур диалогов будет проводиться в марте-апреле.