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The Year Ahead | A Sneak Peek at Exciting Huairou Commission Activities in 2012
As 2012 is getting up to full speed, the Huairou Commission is excited to showcase some of its feature projects for the new year. The following is an overview of campaign initiatives that you can expect to read more about in the coming months, alongside grassroots profiles, event updates and online resources.
Initiating Grassroots Anti-Corruption Research
The Huairou Commission Governance Campaign in 2012 is facilitating the Anti-Corruption Action Research in partnership with UNDP Thematic Programme on Anti-Corruption for Development Effectiveness (PACDE). The goal is to assess grassroots women's perception, experience and strategies in coping with corruption and redressing its impacts on their everyday lives. For this purpose, 11 grassroots women's groups in 8 countries (Bangladesh, India, Uganda, Ghana, Cameroon, Kenya, Brazil and Nicaragua) are currently administering surveys and holding focus group discussions.
Strengthening Sub-regional Linkages in Home-Based Care
The Huairou Commission AIDS Campaign is preparing an exchange between key member groups in Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon and Benin to strengthen sub-regional linkages between grassroots organizations that build home-based-care alliances across West Africa.
Supporting Community Practitioners to strengthen World Bank GFDRR Civil Society Participation
Since August 2011, the Community Practitioners Platform (CPP) -- championed by the HC Resilience Campaign and UNISDR-- has been advocating within the World Bank's Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) to ensure that community practitioners coping with climate and disaster threats in the Global South are recognized and consulted as key stakeholders in the new civil society program GFDRR is designing. In an effort to press for a diverse civil society advisory board that balances Western humanitarian aid organizations with locally-grounded groups from the Global South, CPP representatives in November sucessfully led a panel of accomplished locally-focused experts from Indonesia, India, Nepal and the Philippines at GFDRR's Civil Society Forum in Jakarta, Indonesia, that resulted in GFDRR's Consultative Group advising the Facility to slow down its program design process. In 2012, the Huairou Commission and other members of the Community Practitioners Platform are proud to be helping GFDRR implement the Consultative Group's advise to build a broader, more inclusive set of advisors that includes leaders of poor people's local development organizations who are on the frontline of disaster risk and response. Several CPP leaders are expected to be included in a mid-Feruary policy advisement session with GFDRR, where they will represent the Resilience Campaign's priorities and goals.
Land and Housing
"Engendering Bottom-Up Justice Reform" Initiative & "Campaigning for Change" Pilot
The Global Land and Housing Campaign of the Huairou Commission is collaborating with the UNDP Democratic Governance Unit's Global Thematic Programme for Accelerating Access to Justice for Human Development through the initiative Engendering Bottom-up Justice Reform: Grassroots Women's Tools for Securing Access to Justice. The initiative focuses on action research and analysis of the impacts and challenges of grassroots-women-designed and -implemented interventions that seek and achieve justice for women. This work has been implemented by Ntankah Village Women Common Initiative Group (Cameroon), Grassroots Sisterhood Foundation (Ghana), Maasai Women Development Organization (Tanzania), Katuba Women's Association (Zambia), Uganda Community Based Association for Child Welfare, and GROOTS Kenya.
In addition, the Huairou Commission will be launching the pilot process Campaigning for Change: Grassroots Women Utilizing Human Rights Tools to Advocate for Women's Housing and Land Rights in the Context of HIV/AIDS, in collaboration with the HIV/AIDS Team of UNDP, and the Open Society Foundation. Groups in three African countries will utilize the publication "Tools for Change" as an instrument to claim rights on the ground and collectively develop a process to effectively bring about change for women in national programs and policies that relate to asset stripping and land grabbing within the context of HIV/AIDS.
Launching Online Academy and New Design of Women and Human Settlements Portal
From March 12-23, the Huairou Commission will be hosting an online dialogue that will bring together grassroots practitioners, researchers and NGOs on the topic of women's experiences in the urban space, their efforts to improve local governance, and partnerships they have initiated to respond to the needs of their community. The event will mark the baptizing of a new design of the Women and Human Settlements Portal (originally launched in 2010) that is scheduled to go live in February.