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CSO rural sector consultation on Development Effectiveness in Food, Agriculture and Rural Development

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The People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty (PCFS) organized a CSO rural consultation on Development Effectiveness (CPDE) from 13 – 14 June 2013 in Nairobi, Kenya. The meeting was to input into the three-year programme of work for the CPDE. The meeting attracted representatives of the rural sector and organisations of civil society and small-holder food producers from Kenya, Uganda, Burundi, Zambia, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, and Nigeria. The objectives of the consultation were to develop and equip CSOs working on agriculture and food sovereignty issues with knowledge on how to lead consultations on the issue of development effectiveness in agriculture with all stakeholders in their own countries. The meeting also sought to take essential actions by shaping consensus among CSOs in coming together and building the development effectiveness agenda on agriculture and food. Key messages from the meeting were that there was a need to realign aid towards sectors that promote growth and prosperity, redefine education curriculum to churn out entrepreneurs not the employable as well as the need for Africa to localise interpretation of terminologies like food sovereignty.  For the consultation declaration click here .

 

SA Civil Society and Public at Large Need to Influence Int. Relations

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EJN’s tax justice officer, Michelle Pressend, took part in the first Civil20 which was held in Moscow, Russia from the 13th to 14th June 2013. Russia was the first of G20 chair-countries to hold the C20 meeting in its current format. The main objective of the C20 was to initiate productive dialogue of the global civil society, politicians and individual decision-makers, on the basis of the priorities formulated in the official agenda of the Russian presidency. The idea being that in accordance with the recommendations of the C20, substantial changes can be made in the final communiqué of the leaders of the G20. Below is an opinion piece by Michelle on how the first C20 went. This article was published by The South African Civil Society Information Service.

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We Have Faith (WHF) Climate Finance Regional Workshop

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We Have Faith (WHF) - Climate Justice Now!The Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) successfully hosted 36 participants from nine countries to discuss climate finance at a training workshop in Lusaka under the campaign dubbed “We have Faith- Act Now for climate justice”. The meeting which drew participants from South Africa, Mozambique, Angola, Malawi, Botswana, Kenya, Lesotho, Zimbabwe and Zambia, held under the auspices of the Norwegian Church Aid was aimed at discussing the challenges and finding solutions to climate change finance.

Officially opening the training workshop, CCZ Vice-President Chizason Chunda urged the participants to engage in finding suitable solutions to addressing issues of climate change whose effects are being felt most by the poor communities. The training workshop on climate finance negotiations was aimed at increasing knowledge, improving skills and broadening understanding on finding solutions to challenges of climate finance which include increased funding for climate change programmes being implemented by the Church.

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Annual EJN meeting with NCC programmes officers

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In April, the Economic Justice Network (EJN) of the Fellowship of Christian Councils in Southern Africa (FOCCISA) held a joint planning meeting with the National Councils of Churches (NCCs) on food security, extractives industries and tax justice. The three day planning meeting was held at Lakeview Airport Lodge, Johannesburg, South Africa. A total of 19 participants representing FOCCISA National Councils of Churches (NCCs) namely; South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Angola, Namibia, Malawi, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mozambique, Tanzania and Zimbabwe attended the meeting.

The meeting objectives were to provide a space for EJN and the NCCs to explore areas of joint programming and activities. This meant exploring synergies and strategies for the implementation of programs for the different NCCs and exploring the possibility of creating long term programs. Furthermore, programme officers could identify and share challenges that they face when they work in their countries and importantly the meeting was time to formulate a plan of action to be used as a guide for implementation.

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