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Summit 2014: Finding common cause

In the light of the fast changing external environment, there is a need for CSOs to come together to collectively address, and lobby for, common issues of importance to their purpose, direction and functioning.

The absence of an effective state and national level body to make the CSO voice heard and the CSO perspective visible has led to many misconceptions not only among the general public and mass media, but also in the highest levels of government that is increasingly crafting draconian laws to curtail the functioning of the entire sector.

There is a need for state and national level permanent platforms of human rights and development organisations, working for social justice and committed to good governance both in society and in internal functioning. It will enable collective institutional, long-term engagement with the government, business, media and other institutions of society.

It will be inclusive and as broad based as possible--with district, state and national chapters, thematic and sectoral representation and one that CSOs regardless of size can identify with.

Consultations have been held in Delhi, Ranchi, Bhubaneshwar, Guwahati and Lucknow to good response. The idea has grown from periodic 'Civil Society Summits' in 2007, 2010 and 2012 to a growing realisation for the need to streamline the initiative better. It will be inclusive and as broad based as possible--with district, state and national chapters, thematic and sectoral representation and one that CSOs regardless of size can identify with.

The national launch will be
from 24 to 26 January 2014
at Bangalore, India

Decision makers / CEOs will benefit best.

There will be space for thematic and geographic network meetings during the summit to expand/deepen networks and to tell others about the work you do. Participants are encouraged to make use of the opportunity of having many organisations present to have full network meetings before or after the summit. The morning and afternoon of 24 January 2014 can also be used for network/thematic meetings.

Registration fee (Covers attendance for all sessions and lunch) [why is it so high?].
(a) International/national organisations and networks: Rs 200,000.
International organisations can nominate CEOs of all partners. National networks/organisations can mandate all state convenors in addition to the national covenor and CEOs of member organisations.

(b) State networks/campaigns and organisations: Rs 25,000
State networks/organisations can delegate all district convenors in addition to the state covenor and CEOs of member organisations.

(c) Individual organisations: Rs 5,000. Includes stay at venue
Individual organisations can nominate the CEO and one senior person.

While the summit itself is open to all, prior registration is required.
Registrations close on 20 January 2013.
Please confirm your participation to Pradeep Esteves at 2014Summit@gmail.com

If you are interested in attending and the registration fee is the only constraint, do let us know.

Some more information and answers to frequently asked questions: