Press Release Brazzaville, February 8th 2018. Global Participe and the Congolese Coalition for the Civic Charter informs the national and international community that the Judicial Affairs Commission of the national assembly of the Republic of the Congo is currently revising the law that maintains the advisory council of the civil society and nongovernmental organizations. The right of civil society to be consulted is enshrined in the constitution of the 25th of October 2015, article 238. This revision is being done without consulting with the diverse civil society components and limiting the scope to only two structures: The Congolese Federation of Human Rights Organizations and the National Union of Handicapped Persons. These two actors’ relations with authorities are beyond doubt because of their secular connections with organisations previously related to only one party, the Congolese Party of Work (PCT). The PCT gained the power they have today via the Coup of the 5th of June 1997 and their active participation in the organisation of barely credible and dubious elections which caused an outbreak of violence and arbitrary arrests of opponents and actors of the independent civil society of the Congo.
Global Participe and the Congolese Coalition for the Civic Charter fear that such a law will put in place a repressive organ that restricts the rights and freedoms of civil society organizations in Congo.
Global Participe and the Congolese Coalition for the Civic Charter call for transparency, and the implication of all components on civil society in Congo to be reviewed in the aforementioned law.
Global Participe and the Congolese Coalition for the Civic Charter urge parliamentarian to extend openness and comprehension in such procedures so as to protect the still fledgling democracy of the Republic of the Congo.
Calling upon the republican commitment of governments and parliamentarians of Congo, the Global Participe and the Congolese Coalition for the Civic Charter urge the international community to put pressure on the Congolese parliament in order to allow different actors of civil society to be included in the procedures of consultations underway. This would enable the advisory council of the civil society and of nongovernmental organisations of the Congo to have a judicial frame that allows it to render rights and liberties of the civil society in the Republic of the Congo essential and crucial.
For more information please contact Mrs Lèonie Maribou, communication responsible of the Congolese Coalition for the Civic Charter.
The International Civil Society Centre announced today that Dr. Wolfgang Jamann has been appointed as its next Executive Director, effective 19 March 2018. Kevin Jenkins, Chair of the Board, expressed his satisfaction that one of the leading personalities of international civil society will take over the leadership of the Centre. Jenkins said: “With his extensive leadership experience in the sector, Wolfgang is perfectly equipped to guide the Centre’s work. We are very much looking forward to working together with Wolfgang for the benefit of civil society world-wide.”
Wolfgang Jamann has more than 20 years of experience in development assistance and humanitarian response, most recently as Secretary General and CEO of CARE International. He has lived and worked in Africa and Southeast Asia. Prior to his current role at CARE, Wolfgang was CEO and Chair of Welthungerhilfe, a leading humanitarian and development CSO in Germany. Earlier in his career, he worked in different roles and countries for Care, World Vision, the United Nations Development Programme, and the German Foundation for International Development.
Jamann stated: “People in many countries are facing poverty and hunger, oppression and exclusion, and citizens’ rights are increasingly violated. At the same time, digital communication, new forms of activism and a new generation of global citizens present unique opportunities to secure better lives for all people on our planet. I am very grateful for the opportunity to lead the Centre into its next decade, and excited about the space for collaboration and learning that the Centre brings to the sector to address these challenges together.”
The Centre’s co-founder and first Executive Director, Dr. Burkhard Gnärig shared his excitement about the appointment: “I couldn’t have wished for a more experienced and better equipped successor”.
The International Civil Society Centre helps the world’s leading international civil society organisations maximise their impact for a sustainable and more equitable world. The Centre develops strategies for navigating change, scans the horizon for exciting opportunities, enables learning and cooperation among civil society organisations, supports them with developing effective leadership and promotes robust accountability. Based in Berlin, Germany, the Centre is a not-for-profit organisation owned by 15 of the world’s leading international civil society organisations.
For enquiries or further information, please contact Helene Wolf, Deputy Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org or +49 30 20 62 46 97 – 16
The ninth Global Perspectives conference took place on 1-3 November 2017 in Mexico City and brought together an international audience of about 80 participants from national and international civil society organisations (CSOs), governments and business. The conference offered a platform for exploring new approaches to conducting and funding civil society activities. Presentations, panel discussions, work sessions and peer-to-peer exchange offered an effective platform for open exchange, high-quality conversations and intense networking.
The conference quickly reached consensus that only transformational change will enable civil society to address the significant challenges that lie ahead. Key aspects of the required transformation are:
Participants predominantly rated the conference as “very good”. They especially enjoyed the networking, the workshop sessions and the facilitation. They further recommended to include a more diverse group of participants and to have a session taking place outside the conference venue.
The next Global Perspectives conference will take place in Berlin, Germany on 31 October – 2 November. Please save the date – we look forward to hosting you there!