CSI in 2008
- UNDP African Implementation Phase: The CSI, in partnership with UNDP, launched a call for applications for six African countries (Senegal, Botswana, Rwanda, Guinea, Tanzania and Kenya) in July 2007. A training and capacity-building workshop for the selected National Coordinating Organisations (NCOs) from these countries was held in Johannesburg from the 28th to 31st of January 2008.
- After working off-site for four months, Amy Bartlett joined the team in Johannesburg, South Africa
- Methodology revision begins: Pursuant to the recommendations of the external evaluation completed in 2007 and based on previous phase CSI partners’ feedback, the CSI programme embarked on the methodology redesign between February and July 2008. This was done by the CSI research team in conjunction with the Centre for Social Investment at the Heidelberg University and was successfully completed in August 2008. The major goals were to streamline the CSI methodology and render it more user-friendly; to decrease the resources needed for the project and the time of implementation while preserving the richness of the original CSI approach.
- CSI book launch: The second volume of CSI results was launched in Johannesburg, South Africa in February 2008. This volume, entitled “CIVICUS Global Survey of the State of Civil Society: Volume 2 Comparative Perspectives”, comprises 24 chapters by prominent researchers and civil society practitioners. The book draws on the information collected by the CIVICUS Civil Society Index project in more than 45 countries. Through a diversity of perspectives, it explores civil society’s accountability, its relationship to the state and corporate sector and its role in governance and development, among other issues.
- Peter Phiri left the CSI team after one year and joined the Legitimacy, Transparency and Accountability (LTA) programme in CIVICUS.
- CSI Global Call 2008-2009: CSI launched the Global Call for Applications at the end of December 2007 to identify implementing partners for the new phase of the CSI. CIVICUS CSI received 80 applications from 60 countries.
- Janine Schall-Emden left the CSI team after over two years of participation in the programme
- Strategic partnership with UNDP solidifies: During the year, CIVICUS had been exploring possibilities of partnering with the UNDP in view of strengthening CIVICUS/UNDP relations in supporting the CSI and establishing a consortium of partners interested in the programme.
- CIVICUS World Assembly 2008: The CSI team participated in the CIVICUS World Assembly in Glasgow, Scotland, putting on two workshops during the week: one called “CSI for Action” in which past-phase partners shared signs of impact of the CSI programme in their countries; and “The revised CSI Methodology”, in which the research team presented the revised CSI methodology to be used in the new phase of implementation.
- Beniam Gebrezghi, who had been working with the CSI programme for two years, finished his secondment contract from the Swedish government and left the CSI programme.
- Rose Lefeh Ngwenjah joined the CSI team as a research intern.
- New implementation partners identified: After a rigorous selection process, including both internal and external assessments of the applications received, CIVICUS CSI decided to enter into partnership with civil society organisations in 55 countries. Of these, 75% are new partners while 25% are re-implementing.
- Hiring of two CSI Programme Officers: As a result of an extensive recruitment process, two programme officers were hired: one French-speaking (Julia Sestier) and one Arabic-speaking (Nermine Wally). The CSI now had language capacities in English, Spanish, French and Arabic, which was a priority for supporting partners in the upcoming phase of implementation.
- CSI at the 8th ISTR Conference: Jacob Mati presented at the 8th International Conference of the International Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR), entitled “The Third Sector and Sustainable Social Change: New Frontiers of Research”, held at the Universtat de Barcelona in Barcelona, Spain from July 9 to 12, 2008.
- CSI training workshops start for the new implementation phase: The majority of the CSI programme activities during the period September 2008 to December 2008 were aimed at training the partner countries for the new phase of implementation of the project.
- English-Speaking Africa countries (9th to 11th of September in Johannesburg, South Africa). Countries participating: Ethiopia, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, South Africa, Swaziland, Uganda and Zambia.
- Central Asian countries (24th to 26th of September in Harnosand, Sweden at SIDA Civil Society Center). Countries participating: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkey, Cyprus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Bahrain.
- European countries (29th of September to 1st of October in Harnosand, Sweden at SIDA Civil Society Center). Countries participating: Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Italy, Kosovo, Macedonia, Malta, Poland, Serbia, Slovenia, Ukraine and Canada (Quebec).
- Amy Bartlett traveled to Botswana to retrain the partner in the new methodology and restart the UNDP partnership project implementation in the country
- Julia Sestier traveled to Burkina Faso to attend the National Workshop of the previous phase implementation, as well as welcoming our new Burkina Faso partner into the new phase of implementation
- CSI training workshops continue:
- Francophone Africa countries (3rd to 5th of November, Lomé, Togo; workshop delivered in French). Countries participating: Bénin, République Démocratique du Congo, République du Congo, Cameroun, Mali, Madagascar, Niger, Burkina Faso and Togo
- Latin American countries (25th to 27th of November, Montevideo, Uruguay; workshop delivered in Spanish). Countries participating: Spain, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Venezuela, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Mexico and Nicaragua
- Sue Le-Ba, an Aga Khan Research Fellow, completed her contract with the CSI programme and left the team
- Tracy Anderson came to replace Sue Le-Ba as Aga Khan Research Fellow, and is welcomed into the Johannesburg team
- Muelelwa Khosa went on maternity leave, and Sinqobile Dube joined the team as CSI Support Officer