Context, international cooperation
Context, international cooperation hosts the Centre for CDC and CDCD. It is a development organisation organised as a social enterprise. The Context webpage includes information on the philosophy of the organisation, its activities and the consultancy services it offers, as well as profiles of the staff members.
Links of institutions with which we are collaborating in the area of Civic Driven Change:
CDRA - Community Development Research Association is a non-governmental organisation from Cape Town, South Africa. CDRA works with development practitioners, organisations and movements who are engaged in social transformation with marginalised communities.
Cecoedecon - The Centre for Community Economics and Development Consultants Society (Cecoedecon) was founded by a small group of young, committed social workers to provide immediate relief to the victims of devastating floods in Jaipur/North-India in 1982. Over the years, Cecoedecon has evolved into a civil society organization pursuing integrated participatory development and advocating human rights.
Center for Democracy and Citizenship at Minnesota University collaborates with a variety of partners to promote active citizenship and public work by people of all ages. The center's work is grounded in the belief that a healthy democracy requires everyone's participation, and that each of us has something to contribute.
Gram Vikas, India Gram Vikas, which literally means 'Village Development' is an organization that has been working since 1979, to bring about sustainable improvement in the quality of life of poor and marginalised rural communities - mostly in Orissa, India.
ICS - International Child Support - is working for the improvement of child development and protection in Africa and Asia together with local communities. Their work is based on a chiild-rights based approach to development.
ISS - Civic Driven Change Initiative is an ongoing process of thinking, debating and writing aimed at examining and sharing a perspective of change in societies that arises from its citizens rather than states or markets.
It is supported by a group of Dutch private aid agencies (Hivos, Cordaid, ICCO, Oxfam-Novib, SNV, IKV-Pax Christi) that value the potential of creating a strong civic narrative which extends beyond local conditions and circumstances. The initiative is coordinated and hosted by the Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague (Netherlands), represented by Dr. Kees Biekart and Dr. Alan Fowler, and the process is facilitated by Context, international cooperation, represented by Fons van der Velden.
The Development Policy Review Network (DPRN) is a network of development experts and policymakers in the Netherlands and Belgium who aim to reduce the gap between science, policy, development practice and the corporate sector. To that end the DPRN organises and supports processes aimed at creating informed debate and synergy between the various sectors.
In 2010, DPRN supported a process about CDC & local politics and CDC & development policies in which, next to Context, a group of other organisations were involved (Hivos, Cordaid, MinBuza, Social Evaluator, ISS, Broederlijk Delen. Please visit the website of the CDC DPRN process.