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Legitimacy, Transparency and Accountability Webinar

Posted by civilsocietyindex on August 5, 2010

The Legitimacy, Transparency and Accountability (LTA) Programme at CIVICUS was developed as a result of the need identified by CSI to strengthen the accountability of civil society. The LTA programme provides resources, tools and training for civil society organisations wanting to participate in, or initiate, accountability activities in their networks.

CIVICUS is currently coordinating a series of interactive webinar sessions that will seek to build CSOs knowledge and ability to take forward activities within their own organization and networks.  The webinars will be practical sessions where participants learn about methods and techniques they could use in their organization and networks. Civil society organisations will present their experiences of accountability programmes and share lessons learnt.

One of the major challenges organisations cite when seeking to address their own internal accountability issues is a lack of support or information to take principles into practice. We hope these sessions will go some way to address this challenge and be a useful and productive session for all those involved.

CSI and LTA would like to invite you to participate in the second session on 16th August 2010, 12noon GMT.

 

Ensuring the credibility and effectiveness of CSO self-regulation

16 August 2010, 12 noon GMT

CIVICUS would like to invite you to participate in an interactive webinar entitled Ensuring the credibility and effectiveness of CSO self-regulation. This is the second session in a monthly webinar series on Legitimacy, Transparency and Accountability.

This monthly webinar series will bring experts and CSOs together to share their stories of implementing accountability initiatives. One of the major challenges organisations that are trying to address their own internal accountability issues tell us about is that there is a lack of support and information to put accountability principles into practice. We hope this webinar series will build CSOs knowledge and ability to implement activities within their own organisation and networks.Future sessions in the series will look at How to ensure downward accountabilityFinancial TransparencyMeasuring Impact as a key component of accountability; Achieving legitimacy in a restricted civil society environment.

Session 2: Ensuring the credibility and effectiveness of CSO self-regulation

This session will address some of the issues related to civil society legitimacy and credibility. It will look at different approaches that have been taken by initiatives to address the issue of compliance, the benefits and challenges associated with different arrangements, and the factors which shape their adoption. 

Future sessions in the series will look at How to ensure downward accountabilityFinancial TransparencyMeasuring Impact as a key component of accountability; Achieving legitimacy in a restricted civil society environment

For more information and to register, contact Adele at adele.poskitt@civicus.org.

Participants will need to have internet and telephone connection. Everyone will be given a link to a website and will be able to view the presentation online simultaneously. Participants will interact using the telephone via an international freephone telephone number that will be provided. CIVICUS will cover any costs incurred by participants.


About the presenters of Session 1: 

Robert Lloyd, Project Manager, One World Trust

Rob joined One World Trust in 2004. He is Project Manager for the Global Accountability Project, and associated initiatives on the governance and accountability of global institutions. He has particular expertise in measuring accountability, NGO accountability, and global governance. He has worked with and advised a range of organisations such as Cordaid, Oxfam GB, ICANN, Child Helpline International, the Commonwealth Foundation, British Red Cross and the EC. Rob is a member of Advisory Group for CIVICUS LTA Programme.
Eric Ngang, Coordinator, North West Association for Development Organisations (NWADO)

NWANGO recently established a Code of Ethics that is a set of norms, principles and values to standardise the conduct, action and behaviour of CSOs. It recognises CSOs as a voluntary, non profit, non-self-serving, with legal existence, non-governmental, non-partisan and independent organization or association involved in the promotion of social justice and development. The Code is intended amongst other things, to improve partnership between the Government and several overseas development partners and CSOs by defining accepted and acceptable behaviour, help to promote high standards of practice as well as provide a benchmark for CSOs to use for self-evaluation.

Adele Poskitt, Senior Legitimacy, Transparency and Accountability Officer at CIVICUS

Adele is a UK citizen currently based in Johannesburg, South Africa. She has over 5 years experience of policy, advocacy and programme work on governance and anti-corruption initiatives. She has an in-depth knowledge of civil society participation in governance mechanisms and has spoken at international conferences including the UN Convention against Corruption Conference of State Parties. Prior to joining CIVICUS, Adele worked at Christian Aid in London and the Christian Council of Ghana in Accra. She holds a MA from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, and a BA from University of Durham, UK.

 

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