Officially launched by Alternatives in Kinshasa in March 2003, the Civil Society Internet Portal in DRC remains today the virtual meeting place for
Congolese civil society organizations. It offers the benefits of a dynamic Internet
presence to all civil society networks and organizations, and at the same
time helps develop civil society organizations, their actions and their
Providing the backdrop to this project were attempts by Cuban civil society to improve its democratic system by encouraging increased citizen participation in policymaking.
Since the revolution, the Cuban people have been actively participating in various areas of the public sector, such as health care, education and the justice system. Today, however, the people’s involvement has descended into carrying out simple tasks that have little influence on the functioning of government.
This project took place when the military dictatorship was increasing its repression, particularly against the people of South Sudan, in reaction to the rise of a democratic opposition that was quickly gathering strength. It was therefore necessary to take action against the arms trade that was enabling the dictatorship to persist, while refugees, displaced persons, women and children were in growing need of support.
This project was created by Alternatives in collaboration with ADRA, the Angola Development Coalition and local NGOs.
The project was born out of a post-civil war context, characterized by high inflation, immobilized businesses, excessively high unemployment rates and mass exoduses from rural regions due to violence and instability. The public social support system was being thinly distributed, which caused increased violence in cities. In short, the country was struggling to recover from fifteen years of conflict.
Afghanistan is going through a long-term, compound crisis situation. Over twenty years of war have forced more than 3.5 million people to seek refuge in neighbouring countries. The crisi is multifacetted and the entire region is struggling with ethnic tensions and blatants cases of human rights violation, not to mention the steep inequalities between men and women.
Did you know that Quebec taxpayers spend almost $800M every year to finance the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)??
Did you know that Quebec-based organisations have been assigned only 0,6% of CIDA-backed projects last year??
More and more, the values promoted by the federal government through international cooperation are clashing with those of Quebec's international cooperation organisations, and so federal funds are becoming less and less available to local organisations.
Project led by the Centre d’information et de documentation sur le Mozambique et l’Afrique australe (CIDMAA) in collaboration with Concordia University, the Group for Research and Initiative for the Liberation of Africa (GRILA), Entraide Missionnaire, Development and Peace, CUSO, Carrefour Tiers-Monde (Quebec) and Radio Basse-Ville (Quebec).