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Call For Contributions: GCAP: "The World We Want" Report

By developing an annual World We Want Report and launching it on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, GCAP will provide a lobbying tool for civil society to present to political decision makers a roadmap for achieving the MDGs and eradicating the structural causes of poverty and inequality - based on existing successes and knowledge of what works in transforming existing systems of exclusion. Deadline for contributions: July 25, 2011.

Rationale

The Global Call to Action Against Poverty began as a movement to bring civil society together, across specific areas of thematic, geographic, or constituency focus, to unite diverse actions against poverty and inequality. One of our greatest challenges has been finding tools that will promote unity and solidarity within such a diverse movement. While specific events, such as Stand Up and Take Action, and moments, such as the detention of activists, have promoted solidarity and common action across the movement, we have had less success in creating common lobbying tools that can be shared. While we have developed common lobbying positions, and citizens charters around certain global meetings or summits, the World We Want Report is an opportunity for us as civil society to challenge prevalent development discourse about areas of growth and success in the fight against poverty, present a unified and alternative understanding about inclusion, and a people and planet centered approach.

Objectives

By developing an annual World We Want Report and launching it on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, GCAP will provide a lobbying tool for civil society to present to political decision makers a roadmap for achieving the MDGs and eradicating the structural causes of poverty and inequality - based on existing successes and knowledge of what works in transforming existing systems of exclusion.

The process of developing the World We Want Report has the following objectives:

Mark the International Day of the Eradication of Poverty as a point of common action for civil society, to reach goverments across the world with an assessment of the progress that has been made in addressing the agenda of poverty and inequality at the national and global level across the year.

Identify the most effective ways for government and civil society to take action against poverty, and consolidate the collective experience of the movement’s demands.

Articulate common goals for the struggle against poverty and inequality in the year ahead and develop collaborative action plans where appropriate.

Guidelines for Contributors

The World We Want Report will be structured around 7 areas of action: Accountability (including the MDGs and global governance), gender justice, aid, trade, debt, climate justice, and peace and security (can we provide a link to the strategic plan here?). If your work does not fit neatly into one of these 7 categories, don’t worry; please send your contribution anyway! The final report should speak to the cross cutting nature of both our work and the issues. We are looking for three different types of contributions:

Analysis

Analytical content will provide context to each issue; looking broadly at trends over the past year, key changes or shifts in direction, and its implications for civil society actions and strategic focus. This can be at the national, regional, or global level.

Case Studies of Best Practice
The World We Want Report will include stories of people taking action for the World We Want. This is the place to include information about activities undertaken by your organisation, and how they have contributed to a reduction of poverty and inequality in your area of work. You could also outline some of the challenges faced and steps taken to overcome these. These stories can inspire others working in the same field, and will provide an overview of civil society achievements over the past year.

Visions of The World We Want

Visions of The World We Want should include both aspirations of what this better world will look like, and concrete information about what political decision makers and people must do to build this world. This will include information about roadmaps to meet the MDGs , and outline advocacy goals that need to be targeted for action in the next one year (which will also inform the next World We Want report exercise).

All three types of inputs will be brought together in each chapter, to give a comprehensive picture of the external context, the current state of civil society actions, and what is needed for progress moving forward.

Format of Contributions

Contributions can come in 2 different forms. If your coalition / constituency group already has a prepared an activity report, and you would like the GCAP secretariat to extract the most relevant information, please forward your activities report to caitlin.blaser@whiteband.org . It can come in any of GCAP’s working languages.

If you would like to prepare an original submission for the report, please:

Keep submissions to a maximum of 1000 words; multiple submissions are welcome!
Include 1-2 high quality jpeg photographs that we may use, along with captions or attributions are relevant.
Include the contact information or your organisation, and the person who can be contacted for more information about your intiative.
Include information about how your organisation plans to use or disseminate the report in future lobbying or coordination efforts, either around October 17th, or in activities throughout the year.

Please send all submissions to caitlin.blaser@whiteband.org by 25 July, 2011 for inclusion in the report.
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