Development cooperation ,20.08.2013

Civil society capacity-building: getting familiar with UN processes and transnational advocacy work


The complexity of the interrelated crises, the food, energy, climate and youth bulb crisis, as well as the lack of democracy and transparency, need new, holistic approaches. This demands a new type of expertise also from the civil society actors. This project aims at developing that potential. The practical local knowledge that often remains unaccounted for needs to be better integrated to the international processes, and this is best done via capable people, who are familiar with both local and international realities. These realities are best connected with international advocacy networks. These networks usually do not emerge on themselves, although some work on ad hoc basis. Therefore, the project “Civil society capacity-building: getting familiar with UN processes and transnational advocacy work” focuses on key individuals, who can benefit the most from short training modules based on quality lecturers and peer-to-peer experience sharing, and can thereafter help to strengthen the existing networks and play a vital role in mainstreaming the cross-cutting themes of climate change, gender equality and human rights based development.The six training packages are following:2013. Climate change, resource scarcity, conflicts and human security: what role UN Security Council can play and how to involve civil society?2013. Women, peace and security: peer-to-peer learning as a tool to make the action plans work.2014. Indigenous people and sustainable development: making the most out of the Indigenous Peoples’ World Summit held in conjunction with UN General Assembly in 2014.2014. Creating disability inclusive development agenda for 2015 and beyond.2015. Climate change mitigation and adaptation: gender mainstreaming and involving the youth. Shadow reporting practices in CEDAW and CRC processes.2015. From Millenium Development Goals to Sustainable Development Goals with strong civil society input.


  • 2013: 180 000 €
  • 2014: 180 000 €

Objectives monitored by OECD's Development Assistance Committee

  • Participatory development/Good governance
  • Aid to environment
  • Gender equality

Field of activity

  • Democratic participation and civil society 80%
  • Multisector education/training 10%
  • Women’s equality organisations and institutions 10%

Special target group

  • women
  • girls
  • children
  • youth
  • elderly people
  • people with disability
  • indigenous peoples / ethnic minorities

Funding channel

  • UN Association of Finland
  • United Nations Association of Tanzania
  • World Federation of United Nations Associations WFUNA



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