Areas of Engagement


The use of the non-state actor (NSA) terminology is not politically neutral and carries risks to democratic decision-making, as it leads to blurring of lines between actors who act in the public interest and those that represent or are influenced by market logic.

Nairobi, Westlands, October 15, 2014 – 11 organisations today, 15th October 2014 announced a joint Kshs.100 million Active Citizenship Programme in ten Kenyan counties namely Bungoma, Garissa, Kajiado, Kisumu, Machakos, Nairobi, Nakuru, Nyeri, Taita Taveta and Turkana. Under the banner Kenya Dialogues Project, the programme aims to build a culture of active citizenship, protect the spirit of the Constitution and promote positive and more meaningful engagement between citizens and duty bearers.

Governments met in the FAO Headquarters in Rome from 10-12 October to finalize the Rome Political Declaration and the Framework for Action for the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2). After 22 years, civil society organizations (CSOs) were expecting significant progress to address the urgent problem of the more than 200 million children who suffer from acute and chronic malnutrition, the 800 million suffering from undernourishment and the 500 million adults with obesity.

Washington, D.C. - On October 10, 2014, NGOs, farmers' groups, and indigenous organizations from across the world are coming together as part of the Our Land Our Business campaign to denounce the World Bank's Doing Business rankings. The campaign, endorsed by over 235 organizations, will be staging "creative resistance" events at the Bank's annual meetings in Washington D.C. and nine other cities around the world. The D.C.

Some key features emerged during the discussion follow below:

Development 57.1 'Shared Societies', a special issue of the quarterly journal of the Society for International Development, has been produced in partnership with the Club de Madrid.

The journal explores the impact of foresight on policymaking seeking to understand whether and how futures' predictions and analysis are taken in considerations in the policy formulation. The journal's authors reflect on the utility of foresight and how, in their view, foresight contributes to improved decisions and outcomes, particularly for the poor and vulnerable citizens of their communities.

During the two day meeting, public interest civil society organizations urged Member States to take a strong leadership role in finding a way forward to tackle the root causes of the multiple burden of malnutrition, namely the tragedy of over 800 million people estimated to be chronically undernourished, 2 billion people suffering from the consequences of micronutrient deficiencies, and the rapidly growing global epidemic of overweight and obesity, especially in developing countries, with the projection of over 2 billion adults affected by 2015.