• The willingness of the Colombian government to acknowledge serious concerns regarding human rights and violations of international humanitarian law in the country.
  • A commitment from companies and the Colombian government to work collaboratively to protect and respect human rights by:

    1. Raising awareness of the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
    2. Implementing the CME’s recommendations.
    3. Identifying best practices on security-related human rights issues. A reasonable level of trust between members.

    a. Raising awareness of the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

    b. Implementing the CME’s recommendations.

    c. Identifying best practices on security-related human rights issues. A reasonable level of trust between members.

  • A commitment to continuous improvement, as opposed to perfection. To this end, the CME has developed a verification mechanism that is applied annually by CME members.
  • Knowledge generation from the articulation of experiences, perspectives and best practices on crucial issues for the operation in the territory. This research is disseminated to working group members.

How do NGOs navigate the shrinking civil society space?

Webinar June 2019

Introduction

The space in which civil society organisations operate is shrinking, with freedoms of association and assembly increasingly restricted.

On 20 June,  2019, ICVA and PHAP organised the second session in the learning stream on the Navigating change. The discussion provided an overview of current challenges and trends regarding civil society space and how NGOs and other actors are working to counter initiatives that shrink this space.

This webinar was part of the “Navigating Change” Learning Stream which includes webinars, briefing papers, and other resources on how NGOs are managing changing global, regional, and national contexts for humanitarian response.

Webinar

Speakers

The event featured speakers representing a wide range of perspectives.

Resources
ICVA Paper
24 June 2019
Scoping study: civil society space in humanitarian action
Subject/ Civil society space / Learning /
2021-08-24_13-40-24
Description

The scoping study on civil society space in humanitarian action


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Report
6 May 2020
The Future of Civil Society Organisations
Subject/ Civil society space /
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Description

Civil society space is increasingly a key issue for humanitarian organisations. It was the theme of the 2017 ICVA annual conference, and since then there are a growing number of crises where civil society actors have been denied access to a population in need. As a network, ICVA is grappling with the issues of erosion of humanitarian space, negative perceptions of civil society action by governments, and uncertain regulatory environments.