Strengthening Civic Engagement

A fundamental aspect of a democratic state is the right of its citizens to participate in decision-making processes. The success of development and participatory governance depends on both a robust state and an active civil society with healthy levels of civic engagement. Empowered and active citizenship is an end in itself: essential for inclusive growth and national ownership. Read More >

Civic Engagement Dialogue Series

UNDP regularly invites civil society representatives to engage on current development issues. The next discussion will be announced soon.


June 25, 2014

“Island Voices-Global Choices: A Conversation with SIDS Civil Society”, Noelene Nabulivou, Diverse Voices and Action for Equality Fiji and Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era; Gordon Bispham, Caribbean Policy Development Centre; and Lemalu Nele Leilua, Samoa Umbrella for Non-Governmental Organizations         

November 15, 2013

“Youth, Human Rights and Political Participation”, Ivana Savić, Executive Director of the Centre for Human Rights and Development Studies, Member of the UNDP Civil Society Advisory Committee

September 26, 2013

“Strengthening the Role of Religious and Traditional Peacemakers”, Antti Pentikäinen, Executive Director of Finn Church Aid, Member of the UNDP Civil Society Advisory Committee

June 20, 2013

“Violence against women and access to justice”, Maja Daruwala, Executive Director of the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative

April  9, 2013

“Civil Society and its Environment: Driving Sustainable Development? – Findings from the CIVICUS State of Civil Society 2013 report”, Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah, Secretary General, CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, and Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda, Secretary General, World YWCA

March 14, 2013

“Women, Peace and Security in Afghanistan - How do we ensure that Women's Equality remain a Priority?”, Mahbouba Seraj, Afghan Women Network (AWN)

October 24, 2012

“Post-Rio to Post-2015: Planning International Stakeholder Engagement”, Farooq Ullah of The Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future, Maruxa Cardama of Local Authorities Major Group and Sasha Gabizon of Women’s Major Group

March 28, 2012

“The Rio+20 Negotiations:  Opportunities and Challenges for Rio and Beyond”, Neva Frecheville, Beyond 2015 Coalition/ WWF-UK and Jens Martens, Director, Global Policy Forum, Europe

February 14, 2012

“Extractive industries and Human Development - How can Africa get More from its Minerals?”, Yao Graham, Third World Network Africa, Member of the UNDP Civil Society Advisory Committee

February 9, 2012

“Defining the Post-2015 Agenda: How to Ensure an Inclusive Process”, Cristina Diez, ATD Fourth World and Rajiv Joshi, Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP)

November 15, 2011

“Planetary Boundaries and Social Boundaries: A Framework for Sustainable Development Goals?”, Kate Raworth, Senior Researcher, Oxfam and Peter Roderick, Lawyer and Co-founder of Planetary Boundaries Initiative

October 17, 2011

“Rio+20 What Can we Expect? A Stakeholder Perspective on the Rio Conference on Sustainable Development”, Felix Dodds, Executive Director of The Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future

September 30, 2011

“Democratizing Access to Funding: An Argentine Perspective”, Guillermo Correa, Argentine Network for International Cooperation (RACI)

October 15, 2010

“Post-2010 Scenarios: What Role for Civil Society?”, Ingrid Srinath, Secretary-General of CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Action?

April 13, 2010

“From Political Won't to Political Will: Examining Political Will for Active Citizen Participation”, Carmen Malena, CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Action

June 23, 2009

“Peoples´ Voices on the Crisis”, Roberto Bissio, Social Watch

May 20, 2009

“UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: Implications for Development Policies and Programming”, James Anaya, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

May 13, 2009

“Legislating from Below: Experiences and Lessons on Establishing Peoples' Entitlements to Information and Employment in India”, Nikhil Dey, MKSS

March 5, 2009

“On Family Violence Prevention Strategy: A Civic Response to Domestic Violence”, Ani Pitman and Di Grenell, Amokura

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UNDP launched Platform HD as a forum to facilitate the engagement of the United Nations with civil society actors at multiple levels and areas to generate critical debate and perspectives on the emerging vision of an inclusive multilateralism.

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