This year´s SCSD focuses on shrinking civic space. The accelerating repression of civic freedoms and democratic space in many countries means that civil society, development cooperation and policy needs to do more, better and braver, and SCSD 2017 is the place to discuss how.
SCSD is an international event in Stockholm for practitioners working in or with civil society organisations involved in international development cooperation. SCSD is co-organised by Sida, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, and CONCORD Sweden, platform of CSOs for global development.
Get your name tag and get ready for take-off!
9.30-10.15 AM We launch the Stockholm Civil Society Days and the Active Space Defence
10.15-10.40 AM What do we know about how can donors and CSOs respond more strategically and effectively? The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) will invite dialogue to illuminate possibilities and bring into relief outstanding questions.
11-12 AM A guide to the conference methodology and a preview of what the afternoon sessions will be about.
1-4 PM The session aims to build a collective awareness and understanding of the legitimacy challenges faced by advocacy groups across the world and how to respond. In this session, you will share and learn innovative strategies to effectively balance local legitimacy and foreign support, in a way that promotes greater civic accountability and protects the space for citizens to speak out.
1-2.30 PM An experiential dive into the Sustained Dialogue approach that is successfully used in a number of countries with varying amounts of civil society space. Session attendees will become dialogue participants in this interactive workshop, and will speak from their own experience, and dig deeply into some mutually-identified topics related to civil society space.
1-2 PM Sida will launch the new guiding principles for engagement with and support to civil society! Come learn about the exciting world of policy development and good donorship while being development effective.
1-2.30 PM Aiming to identify concrete ideas and opportunities for working with the UN to defend and expand civic space, the session will examine entry-points at various levels of the UN system, including the global UN fora, mechanisms and agencies and UN country teams in repressive environments.
Religious actors working for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and specifically LGBTQ
3-4.30 PM There are religious leaders who want change and therefore are important actors in the work of SRHR in development cooperation and for everyone's human rights. This seminar highlights the strategic role of young prospective religious leaders (informal and formal) and experiences from networking between activist groups and theological seminaries to create scope for marginalized voices to address SRHR issues.
3-4.30 PM This seminar will present the different aspects that affect potential participation of children and youth in political processes, based on recent case studies. Particularly we will consider: What are the risks that young activists face? How can donors facilitate child and youth participation? With whom does responsibility lie for their protection and safety?
3-4.30 PM Join us for a session that is a mix between speed dating and role playing designed to enhance your skills of persuasion and finding mutually beneficial solutions for different stakeholders in the fight to reclaim civic space. In an improvised, mock-debate participants will develop the arguments of five different actors around a specific example of shrinking civic space: government officials, businesses, donors, politically unengaged citizens and a fellow civil society actors.
Responsibility to protect or the ones needing protection? The role and responsibility of political parties for shrinking – and widening – civic space.
4-5 PM How can political peer-to-peer cooperation contribute to democratic space and respect for civil society?
5.30-7.30 PM Music performance by Simone Moreno, finger food, drinks, table tennis and... The Whine Bar
We start the day with an interactive exercise, a greeting from Carin Jämtin, the Director-General of Sida, and some teasers from today's sessions.
10-12 AM We look into the gendered aspects of shrinking space and the additional threat that the shrinking space environment poses for women human rights defenders. Increasing fundamentalism, nationalism and focus on traditional values, narrows the space for women and women human rights defenders.
10-11.30 AM By using a workshop methodology we aim to extract knowledge and experiences from secular and faith based organisations and different government actors in relation to religion and religious actors in contexts with shrinking civic space.
10-12 AM Civic freedoms continue to shrink in many countries around the world and attacks on human rights defenders are escalating. Businesses are contributing to this situation, either directly or indirectly in their value chains. The purpose with this session is to analyse the role and responsibility of business in relation to a shrinking civic space and discuss how businesses can play an active role in protecting human rights and natural resource defenders.
10-11 AM Was the room too crowded yesterday? Here is a second chance to attend this seminar! /// There are religious leaders who want change and therefore are important actors in the work of SRHR in development cooperation and for everyone's human rights. This seminar highlights the strategic role of young prospective religious leaders (informal and formal) and experiences from networking between activist groups and theological seminaries to create scope for marginalized voices to address SRHR issues.
Flipping the Equation: today’s realities of shrinking civic space as a design model for tomorrow’s resilient activism
1-5 PM As civil society grapples with the realities of restrictions of space, mobility, and agency, this session will test through an interactive format a number of provocations.
1-3.45 PM Narrowed democratic space takes different forms in different country contexts, and organisations and activists try to find the best counter-strategies they can. Development cooperation and international solidarity has an important role to play, but are development practitioners changing the way we work fast enough to respond to the urgency of the threats facing civil society?
15.30-16.30 AM With this session we want to give an up-to date picture of the international trend of shrinking civil space and give ideas on how to counter the trend. Activists from different countries will describe how they succesfully worked against closing civil space.
3.30-4.30 PM Do you support the concept of active stakeholder participation, but regularly face difficulties to ensure that stakeholder wishes, contributions or changing needs on the ground are the real drivers of CSO decisions? Have you ever wondered how to close the feedback loop?
4-5 PM This workshop will use a panel discussion among experts and activists focused on environmental politics in China and Southeast Asia to stimulate an interactive debate among participants about how to better defend crucial political opportunity spaces for green civil society.
The launch of Day 3 will include interactive preparations, words from the session hosts on what to expect in today's sessions and some unexpected elements.
10-12 AM The aim of this session is to explore ways donors and civil society organizations can work collaboratively and strategically to design effective responses to common civic space challenges. Donor and CSO participants will work together in small groups to analyze scenarios illustrating commonly occurring civic space challenges, and craft responses.
10-11.45 AM The purpose of the session is to reflect on how pressure from the international community can be effective in defending and upholding human rights as international law, and on the need for systematic and strategic approaches in embassies and delegations to support activists and counteract violations against democratic space.
“Switching gears”: Imagine – you are someone else! Shift positions between CSO, donor and partner country government representative.
10-12 AM Participants will be asked to role-play in a debate on key issues related to the enabling environment for civil society and CSOs’ own development effectiveness. The purpose of the session is to create awareness of what drives other actors and the challenges they face in their institutional environment.
12-1 PM The end of a conference and the start of a better and braver civic space defence.
Still have lots to say about shrinking space, but no energy left to be constructive about it? The whine bar is your place to wind down (or wind yourself up) after a full day at the conference.
Did you start a really interesting discussion during coffee break? Did the session end to soon? Is there an aspect of shrinking space you feel is really urgent to talk about, but can't find it in the program? There are extra rooms available for break-out sessions during the entire conference.
As a way to take advantage of the knowledge and the brilliant minds present at SCSD we get to listen to short, inspirational talks that will pop up on several occasions during the conference in the main hall.
30 minutes of short presentations of exciting projects, new reports, research findings etc. After the presentations there will be a chance to ask questions and find out more from the presenter as they will be available at the exhibition wall.
SE-105 25 Stockholm
Phone: +46 8 698 50 00
How to get there:
Underground (tunnelbana) to ”Karlaplan” (red line)
Bus no 72 or 56, station ”Hakberget”.
Medborgarplatsen 3, floor 8
Box 4306, 10267 Stockholm
Phone: +46 8 648 99 50