Empowering CSO Networks in an Unequal
Policy-making processes in global institutions are influenced by civil society networks of emerging economies to take account of the needs of poor and marginalised people.
The specific objective of this program is to strengthen the collective capacity of multi-thematic civil society organization (CSO) networks across Brazil, Russia, India, Indonesia, China, South Africa and Mexico (collectively referred to as BRICSAM countries) to engage in multi-stakeholder dialogue and influence global policy-making fora, with a particular focus on issues of inequality.
This Program will integrate civil society perspectives into global policy-making processes in three key ways, influencing: i) global governance structures by expanding the presence and formal role of civil society; ii) agenda setting (at national and global levels) by influencing the issues under discussion to include development and inequality; and iii) policy commitments made by these institutions.
The expected results of the program are:
- Networks’ ability to represent their national constituencies
- Close linkages and coordination established, both physically and
virtually, across the networks;
- Networks have in depth understanding of inequality issues across the
- Networks are facilitated and provided with the skills jointly to engage
with international institutions and in global fora.
Civil Society Networks
The networks’ multi-sectoral composition and wide geographical reach within their countries together with their expertise, previous experience and access to government means that they are well placed to undertake the programme activities. REBRIP for example has, together with other civil society actors, established a formal dialogue with the Brazilian government regarding the G20. GCAP has campaigned extensively in Russia to raise awareness around the MDGs, overseas development aid and global poverty. WNTA disseminates social audits and budget monitoring reports to key Indian government authorities with a view to influencing policy. INFID in Indonesia has special consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council, whilst EJN in South Africa seeks to engage SADC and its member states on good governance and poverty reduction issues. ANACC/ El Barzon in Mexico has engaged extensively in pro-poor public policy debates such as the National Agreement for the Countryside. In some countries (India, Russia and South Africa), individual members of the networks will undertake grassroots consultation processes, including the dissemination of information materials and the creation of community-level platforms for engagement and learning on current and alternative policy options.