Friday, 23 May 2014

New Team Member: Iulia Socea

We are very happy to welcome Iulia Socea in our team. She replaces Ulrike Bey, currently on maternity leave, as Capacity Building Officer.

Iulia has started working in the field of peacebuilding and social transformation in 2009, while finalising her MA studies in Security Management in Contemporary Society. Prior to that she had studied International Relations and European Studies, both in Romania and in Czech Republic at Charles University. Her academic background also includes a Master’s Degree in Business Development and Management.

As a peacebuilding professional, Iulia has worked with the Peace Action Training and Research Insitute of Romania, initially as training coordinator and, starting with August 2010, as a trainer. Her areas of expertise as a trainer include: discrimination, gender issues, conflict transformation, peacebuilding, intercultural communication, non-violent communication, training development/implementation/evaluation, project management, strategic planning, strategic communication, and social media for nonprofits. Also as a part of her career in peacebuilding, Iulia has completed a 9-months EU funded assistantship with the Austrian branch of the International Fellowship of Reconciliation.

For the past year she has been working as a part-time project manager with Musicians without Borders, for the From Woman to Woman project in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and she is a long-term collaborator of Peace is the Ways Films, an Austrian-based socially-minded production company.

At TRIALOG she will work in close cooperation with the Liaison Officers of EU13 development CSO platforms, monitor the national capacity building activities and organise different TRIALOG events. You can contact Iulia at

Information provided by TRIALOG

Organisation of the Month: The Educational Society for Malopolska

Education is the foundation of an accountable, democratic, and efficient country 

The Educational Society for Malopolska (MTO) is a NGO founded in 1988 by a group of members of the Solidarity Movement (Polish trade union). In MTO we focus on several areas. One of the most important aims is to develop civic democracy from scratch, through educating local leaders, including leaders of civil entrepreneurship as well as civic education and legal education.

In Poland we conduct methodological trainings for teachers, ensuring education of wise, active, entrepreneurial and outgoing citizens. The Educational Society for Malopolska has a rich experience in working with young leaders in Poland and in other countries through various programs.
In the years 2001-2004 we established a network of so-called “Plus Schools” stretching the Balkans, from Albany to Moldova. The network also entered Azerbaijan and Georgia in 2011. Currently, the network constitutes over 65 associations of parents and teachers who support local schools.
A Public Achievement Program was implemented in the Balkans, in the Ukraine, in Azerbaijan, in Georgia, as well as in Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary. The Program gave rise to over 400 groups engaged in civic activities. The Academy for Young Social Entrepreneurs (AYSE) Program, supported by the members of ASHOKA POLAND , Innovators for the Public, successfully inspired and prepared for independent operations 250 young people from Moldova, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo, and

Within the Study Tours to Poland Program (2007-2011), as one of the Polish-American Freedom Fund operators, we have already invited 129 students from Belarus, Russia, Moldova and Ukraine for 11-day study tours in Poland.

Since 2008 we have been present in Belarus targeting our programs at civic organizations and local media. The projects carried out there helped us realize the most urgent problems of the Belarussian civic society. In our activity in Belarus we trained about 50 young leaders from villages and small towns, and 24 journalists, who support and promote local initiatives. We have successfully built a network called Local Leaders Club, which supports socially engaged Belarusians through self-help and counselling of local and foreign experts. Since 2013 we have been conducting similar operations in Moldova.

MTO is a founding member of the Polish NGO platform “Grupa Zagranica” (Federation of Polish NGOs Working Abroad:

For more information please visit our website:

In the picture: children and teacher participating in one of the MTO programmes.

Information provided by MTO

Croatian Platform CROSOL Hosted First Public Event in Zagreb

The newly established Croatian Platform for International Citizen Solidarity (CROSOL) organised its first public event in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs (MFEA) in Zagreb on 7th of May 2014 . The event was hosted by the board president of CROSOL, Mr. Gordan Bosanac and the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Croatia, Mrs. Vesna Pusić.

Mrs. Pusić explained why it is necessary for the MFEA to cooperate with NGOs and highlighted efficiency, joint resources, combined experiences and knowledge as well as situations where states sometimes cannot act on their own, for example in sensitive areas such as during conflicts. When it comes to solidarity and correction of inequality, Croatia has been at the both sides of table – the country was reciever, and today it provider of development cooperation – expressed Mrs. Pusic. She emphasised that international citizen solidarity is important because it develops good relationships between the states builds bridges between societies and changes the way individuals seesociety. We should ask ourselves what is our guideline: „Greed is good or solidarity is good?“. Solidarity is a two way street, because it helps the ones in need and makes people better.

In 2013, Croatia has doubled the aid, compared to 2012, due to the contribution to EU funds. A core topic of its development programmes is hte improving the life of women and girls, especially in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Syria, Palestina, Yordan, Marocco, Tunis, Afghanistan, Angola, Burma and Mianmar – conluded Mrs. Pusic.

The president of the Board, Gordan Bosanac explained how CROSOL will cooperate with the MFEA but also how the platform will be acting as a watchdog of MFEA policies related to development cooperation. The strenght of this plat
form lies in the number of its members – they give it a variety of programs, projects and ideas that can be even better implemented trough cooperation with the MFEA. He also suggested that there should be more funds directed toward development aid, and less to military aid.

CROSOL has already expressed the interest to become member of the European Confederation for Development and Relief - CONCORD aiming to make Croatia's voice for development heard on the European level and to profit from being part of an experienced network of CSOs. TRIAOG supports CROSOL in various ways, for example in organising capacity building activities for their members.

Contact person: Gordan Bosanac

Information provided by Gordan Bosanac, CROSOL

Slovak NGDO Platform Calling For Fairer Life

In September 2013, the Slovak NGDO Platform, initiated a countrywide Campaign “For a Fairer World – Live Fairly (ŽI FÉR)”. The campaign has had two components: a fundraising campaign (from September 2013 to February 2014) and a year-long awareness raising campaign.

In the first year of the campaign six Slovak NGDOs joined. The current campaign is built on two pillars:
1) right for food – where it recognizes the reality of 12% of world’s population living in acute hunger and
2) Right for education – where it points out to the 123 million young people unable to read and write.
The campaign points out to the interdependencies in the globalized world. It tries to stress that we all are influenced by what happens around the world and we, by our behaviour and lifestyle, also contribute to what is going on in the world.
Thanks to the campaign six development projects of the participating NGDOs and the global education activities of the Platform during the Global Education Week were supported. The awareness raising part of the campaign presents how everyone of us can contribute to a fairer world – consuming less and higher quality local food, through buying fair trade products, less frequent use of cars, watching where our clothes were produced, etc. Those practical tips have also been visualised in 7 short spots available at YouTube. The positive feedback from the Slovak public and NGDO sector with regards to the Campaign encouraged the Slovak NGDO Platform to continue this activity, building on the presently established good image and reputation of the campaign.

More information on the campaign can be found at

Information provided by Andrea Girmanova, Slovak NGDO Plattform

Slovak NGDOs Adopting Code of Conduct on Ethics and Responsibility

At the General Assembly of the Slovak NGDO Platform on 10th April 2014, its members adopted the Code of Conduct on Ethics and Responsibility. The Code of Conduct has been established after two years of consultations among members on the Istanbul principles for CSO development effectiveness. Previous to its adoption, in 2011, the Slovak NGDO Platform conducted a survey on the perception of the Istanbul Principles by its members. The analysis showed, that Slovak NGDOs participating in the monitoring have achieved most thorough internalization of the following Istanbul Principles: 1 (human rights), 2 (gender equality), 4 (environmental sustainability) and also principle 6 (equitable partnership).

In 2012, building on the application of the Istanbul principles another survey was carried out which focused on ethics and effectiveness. Slovak NDGOs recognized the need to establish a Code of Conduct that they would adhere to. Principles which the NGDOs base their work on will be framed by the currently adopted Codex. The Code contains mechanisms of self-evaluation to reflect the application of the principles. In the context of the Slovak Republic, where resources for NGDOs are still limited and thus institutionalization of effective cooperation is greatly desired, the present Code represents a step forward in Slovak development cooperation. The document in the Slovak language can be found at

 Information provided by Andrea Girmanova, Slovak NGDO Plattform

Round Table: Future Development on the International Mother Earth Day

United Nations Association of Slovenia (UNAS) celebrated the International Mother Earth Day with a round table titled “Post- 2015 – how sustainable will the future development be?"; which was held on 22 April 2014 at the Faculty of Social Sciences in Ljubljana.

In the round table, which was moderated by Ms. Maja Bučar, Vice-Dean for Research and Doctoral Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences, participated: Mr. Janez Potočnik, European Commissioner for the Environment; Ambassador Mr. Jernej Videtič, Head of the Department for international development cooperation policies at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia, and Ms. Ana Kalin, Head of advocacy and policies at Sloga, the Slovenian NGO Platform for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid. At the beginning of the round table, a video statement by Mr. Kandeh K. Yumkella, Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the UN for the “Sustainable Energy for All” initiative was played.

The round table highlighted the international efforts to establish a developmental agenda for the period after 2015 and focused on the cooperation between various stakeholders involved in the process of creating the so-called Post-2015 agenda. Ms. Kalin pointed out that in the new development agenda, the question of 'what development actually is' should be put forward. She emphasised that the new development framework must be universal and a comprehensive approach is needed – which should address the causes of poverty rather than the consequences.
The speakers agreed that it is important to develop a broad debate, as the new development framework will frame the common future of humanity.

More information can be found here.

Photo by: Urška Učakar, UNAS Speakers at the round table “Post- 2015 – how sustainable will the future development be?" – from the left: Ms. Ana Kalin, Mr. Janez Potočnik, Ms. Maja Bučar, and Ambassador Mr. Jernej Videtič.

Information provided by Adriana Aralica, UNAS

Civil Society Manifest in Slovenia for a Decent Life and a Healthy Environment

Ahead of the European elections, Sloga - Slovenian Platform of development NGOs initiated the establishment of a common Slovenian civil society manifest for a decent life and a healthy environment.

The manifest has been undersigned by several thematical networks and organisations: The Network of Educational NGOs - MINVOS, The Network of NGOs for Sustainable Development - Plan B for Slovenia, The Network for Social Inclusion - Vključ, The National Network of NGOs in the field of public health 25x25, Sloga, Slovenian Foundation for UNICEF and The Slovenian Network of Volunteer Organisations. The manifest together with the commitment has been sent to all Slovenian MEP candidates.
The manifesto calles them up to fight for a Europe that is equal, where clean and healthy environment is a priority and people can live a decent life , where economic regulation enable sustainable development of all, where policies are coherent and don't have negative impact on development efforts and which respects the principle of good governance and accountability. A list of all signed commitments are published on Sloga's website

After the elections, Sloga intends to check the MEPs' actual support of themanifest.

Information provided by Darja S. Krstic, Sloga, 

NGO Activities under the Lithuanian Umbrella

Experience sharing visit to Greece 
In the end of January 2014, the NGDO Platform Executive Director Marta Cubajevaite and Policy Officer Giedre Birzyte took part in an experience sharing visit to Athens, Greece. The aim of the visit was to share the experiences and lessons learned from the EU Presidency amongst the CSOs from Lithuania and Greece. The representatives of the Lithuanian and Hellenic Platforms exchanged ideas on possible promotion of the Post-2015 agenda and Policy Coherence for Development during the Greek EU Presidency. The Lithuanian NDGO Platform representatives shared tips and experiences on publicizing the activities of NGOs and organizing the advocacy work during the Lithuanian EU Presidency.

Development cooperation and education from the regional perspective
Throughout May 2014, Association LITDEA is carrying out a series of 20 round table discussions with local authorities, NGOs, civil society and private sector in various regions of Lithuania in order to increase the awareness of development cooperation and education issues, to introduce possibilities to implement activities regarding these issues, to share good experience of local authorities, and to promote new partnerships for development.

In the discussions, participants are introduced to the definitions of development cooperation and education, and learn about their importance. They are presented with updates on the Lithuanian and EU development policies and the challenges they are facing. Qualified development cooperation experts open the discussion on recently conduced research Public and private sector involvement in development cooperation and education in developing countries, which was published in the beginning of May by Association LITDEA. The study reveals the lack of knowledge and substantial experience-based information among local authorities, civil society and the public sector which leads to little opportunities to contribute to the development cooperation.
 Therefore the possibilities to start development cooperation projects by local stakeholders are in the spotlight of the round tables. Some good practices of municipalities from Lithuania and other European countries are reviewed. Finally, in practical session the participants define their expectations and needs to generate ideas for future activities contributing to development cooperation and education.
The series is going to culminate in two theoretical and practical trainings held on 3-4 June 2014, where the 40 most active participants will be invited to improve their competencies and skills and prepare a development cooperation project between Lithuanian local authorities, NGOs and development cooperation actors in developing countries.

Photo: The discussion on development cooperation and education in Svenčionys municipality

Information provided by Agne Baleisyte, LU / LITDEA

A story of Global Education in Lithuania

The Lithuanian NGDO Platform Pagalba takes you on a journey to explore the story of Global Education in Lithuania. In their article they tell you how the network of development cooperation practitioners was established and how they promoted the topic using different methodologies, training their own capacities and making resources on global education easily available in Lithuania. Finally they also engaged in a proper political dialogue on global education.

Here is your ticket to the faraway land of Lithuania.

Information provided by Marta Cubajevaite, Lithuanian NGDO Platform

Czech Republic´s First Year in the Elite Club of Donors OECD/DAC

On the occasion of the first anniversary of the admission of the Czech Republic to the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the OECD (since May 14th, 2014), the Czech NGDO platform FoRS reflected on the performance of its country in this elite club of donors.

In fact, balancing is not so favourable for the Czech Republic. It belongs among those countries that reduced their aid volume last year, while the tendency within the OECD is just opposite – in the context of an abating economic crisis the total ODA provided by OECD members increased by 6,1 % since 2012 up to 134,8 bln USD. Based on preliminary data provided by the OECD/DAC, the Czech ODA decreased by almost 8 mil. USD in 2013 compared to the previous year and the percentage of its increasing gross national income (GNI) fell from 0,12% to 0,11%. Among OECD/DAC countries, only Slovakia and Poland received worse scoring with 0,09% and 0,10% respectively. However, both countries increased their ODA in the last year. The average percentage of GNI among DAC members is 0,30 %.

Considering the limited volume of Czech ODA, its quality and meaningfulness is crucial. In this sense, the Czech Republic has made positive progress towards more effective development cooperation since its admission in the OECD/DAC – for example, it has improved coordination and harmonization of its aid with local actors from the Global South. 

Further information on the OECD website here and here.

Contact person: Katarina Šrámková (FoRS Policy Officer),

Information provided by Marie Zazvorkova, FoRS

CONCORD Discusses Enabling Environment for Civil Society

Development CSOs, members of CONCORD came together on 12 May 2014 to discuss the topic of enabling environment for civil society in the confederation’s work. Enabling environment for civil society includes aspects that affect people to mobilise themselves and participate in civil society. The enabling environment entails legislative guarantees concerning freedom of assembly laws. It is also about the relationships between civil society and the government, e.g. the participation of civil society in decision-making processes. Also, CSO enabling environment includes aspects of financial sustainability of CSOs. 

Many governments in the world are failing to provide an enabling environment for civil society to function in. During the meeting CONCORD partners from India (Voluntary Action Network India), Armenia (Urban Foundation), Lebanon (Arab NGO Network for Development) and Latin-America (MESA), among others reflected on the situation in their countries. In India, a lot of changes are taking place in the regulatory environment for the functioning of CSOs, for example, foreign funds reaching CSOs are being restricted and monitored highly. In Armenia, the uncertainty of the political direction of the country is affecting the enabling environment. In Lebanon, the legal environment restricts NGOs and there is no permanent consultation with CSOs over legislative processes. In Latin-America, the partners notice the tendency of criminalization of NGOs and problems with heavy bureaucracy and well as restriction to accessing funding.

The issue of enabling environment for civil society is not only an international concern for the CONCORD members as it affects many at home as well. Changes to laws that affect the environment for CSOs to function in the European Union member states are also taking place in numerous countries and it is not guaranteed that the planned changes will be supportive of the enabling environment.

CONCORD members discussed what to prioritize within this topic of CSO enabling environment and how to continue working on it in the immediate future and also looking ahead to the new CONCORD strategy for 2016-2022. Advocacy and policy work towards the EU institutions, capacity building within the confederation as well as working together with CONCORD allies and partners on the issue are topics that CONCORD and its members hope to tackle together.

For more information about the outcomes of the meeting, please contact CONCORD policy officer Lonne Poissonnier at

Information provided by Mirjam Sutrop, TRIALOG

Development Effectiveness: Post Mexico - all questions answered?

Sabine Terlecki, CONCORD Head of Policy and Advocacy shared her impressions from the First High Level Meeting (HLM) of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC) in Mexico 2014 in a blog post:

“[…]The aim of the meeting was to take stock on the progress made since the Fourth High-level Forum on Aid Effectiveness, held in 2011 in Busan, Korea, to discuss the role of the GPEDC within the future development framework and to agree on the next steps to accelerate it. […]But in fact, the main aim of the Mexico HLM got very little attention in the agenda. In Mexico, no new commitments and actions were made to accelerate progress on taking forward the principles and actions agreed in Busan.[…] We could see at the High-Level meeting in Mexico a discussion around the Busan values such as human rights, gender equality and women’s empowerment. However, if you look at the outcome Communiqué itself it does not really offer concrete answers to the challenges which have been identified since Busan.[…]”

Read the blog post here.


Engage with DEEEPs Upcoming Activities for a Transformative Change in Education

The new website of the Concord DARE Forum’s DEEEP project was launched on the 12th May. A new design and easy handling will guide you through the history of Development Education in Europe and inform you about the latest activities and processes of the DEEEP project. Read on and you get already some information about three of them.

There is the publication of the highly relevant Quality and Impact Report “Journeys to Citizens Engagement: Action Research with Development Education Practitioners in Portugal, Cyprus, and Greece”. It has been designed as a practically usable report for DEAR practitioners and includes a toolbox with suggested methodologies and workshop plans - ready to use.

If you want to go more into this topic there will be the 4th #DAREtalk “Engaging citizens for social justice in times of crisis – The Role of Development Education” which took place on Thursday 22nd exploring the outcomes and recommendations from this research report. The video of the webinar is available to be watched online.

For those of you who would like to take part in the shaping process of a solid proposal about Global Citizenship Education in the Post 2015 Framework DEEEP/Concord DARE Forum organises a high level Conference on Global Citizenship Education. Registration is already closed. But if you are really eager you can drop a mail to our advocacy officer Maarten Coertjens and try your luck!

If you have any questions concerning our activities please write to Hélène Debaisieux.

Information provided by DEEEP

Update on Floods in Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina

The CONCORD Enlargement, Pre-Accession and Neighborhood (EPAN) Working Group and TRIALOG, in cooperation with the Balkan Civil Society Development Network, would like to invite you to a briefing meeting on the floods in Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

This meeting will not only tackle immediate needs, but will also discuss potential support for long-term reconstruction, rehabilitation and socio-economic development.

See the full invitation and speaker's list here.

Please register by sending a mail to Elsa Laino (Social Services Coordination) at the SOLIDAR offices,

Information provided by BCSDN and TRIALOG

10 Years in The European Union: Time for Reflection

On 1st May 2014, Lithuania celebrated the anniversary of the first decade of being an EU member State and donor country. A great moment to have a look at the progress made in development cooperation since the accession. For this metter Association LITDEA is orgnizing the international conference “10 Years in The European Union: Lithuanian Development Cooperation Progress, Challenges and Prospects“, which will be held on 11th June, 2014 in Vilnius.

The Conference stage will welcome the insights of guests from the Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the European NGO confederation CONCORD, the international projects TRIALOG and DEEEP, from Lithuanian NGOs, partner countries and the academic community. The event aims to review the progress of Lithuania‘s development cooperation in the period of ten years, to discuss the challenges and also what kind of development cooperation policy does Lithuania need our days.

Special focus will be given to the involvement of NGOs in European development cooperation policy-making process, and experiences of Lithuanian and European NGOs woking in the field of development cooperation. In the second part of the conference, participants will have the chance to take part in thematic workshops, namely, East-Central European NGDOs in development cooperation, Involvement of private and public sector in development, and Global citizenship education.

Association LITDEA is kindly inviting to attend and actively participate the Conference. The registration is available until 1st of June by e-mail to For more information, please visit or contact Partnership and Communication officer Agne Baleisyte at

Information provided by Agne Baleisyte, LITDEA

Conference: Teacher Education for Equity and Sustainability

The Liverpool World Centre is organizing the TEESNet (Teacher Education for Equity and Sustainability) Conference, which will take place on 10th of July 2014 in partnership with Liverpool Hope University. The title of this year`s conference is “Moving from the Edge to the Centre: The Role of Education for Sustainable Development/Global Citizenship in a Meaningful Curriculum”.

Please find here details about the conference.

Information provided by Eszter Tapai, Liverpool World Centre

Romanian Journalist Searching Media Partners for International Development Reporting

Romanian journalist Grațian Mihăilescu is searching a media partner in order to apply to a grant offered to journalists and media outlets by the European Journalism Centre (EJC), through the Innovation in Development Reporting Grant Programme (IDR), with the financial support of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The grant programme aims to advance creative reporting approaches, thus enabling a better coverage of international development issues. The grant intends to raise awareness about these issues by having a strong impact on media audiences in the following nine European countries: Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

Since 2011, Grațian Mihăilescu is part of an international development project called “Masud Parves Library” which aims to provide educational logistics to the students living in the Atulia Union, Bangladesh, an area periodically affected by floods and cyclones. As part of this project, he organised a fundraising campaign in Romania called “Bănățeni for Asia” to raise money in order to build a library in the Atulia Union. However, the construction still needs financial resources and Grațian Mihăilescu is looking for media partners from the eligible countries (Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom) in order to apply to the above-mentioned grant.

 The deadline to submit an application is 23rd July 2014 (22:00 CET). In case you are interested in becoming a partner for this project, please contact Grațian Mihăilescu at: You can learn more about the application procedure, financing rules, eligibility criteria and other projects supported in the past by visiting:

Information provided by FOND, Romanian NGDO Platform

Enabling Environment for Civil Society in the Western Balkans and Turkey

BCSDN has launched a new website dedicated to monitoring the enabling environment for civil society development in the Western Balkans and Turkey. The new website is based on the Monitoring Matrix on Enabling Environment for Civil Society Development (CSDev) which is a tool that has been developed for measuring the health of the legal, regulatory, and financial environment in which civil society organisations (CSOs) operate. It has been the collective effort of CSO experts and practitioners from the BCSDN network of members and partners.

The website is specifically focussed on presenting a snapshot of the current state of the enabling environment for CSDev in eight countries in the Western Balkans and Turkey, based on periodical monitoring reports prepared by local partners. Presenting a picture on the state of the enabling environment is, however, not its only purpose. It also provides key findings and recommendations aimed at improving this environment. This is very important as BCSDN sees this website and the monitoring reports as an important tool for advocating positive change within the space that CSOs operate. The website also presents a useful function for comparing the enabling environment of the different countries being monitored. The Matrix, the monitoring, and the website is the first of its kind specifically focussed on this region. Support positive change in your society by visiting and sharing

 *The project is funded by the EU and supported by the Balkan Trust for Democracy.

For further information please contact Tanja Hafner Ademi at or Ilina Nesik at

Information provided by Anja Bosilkova, BCSDN

Advocacy Toolkit: Influencing the Post-2015 Development Agenda

CIVICUS published the Advocacy Toolkit: Influencing the post-2015 Development Agenda. It is designed for civil society and other stakeholder organisations, coalitions and individuals that wish to influence the post-2015 development agenda, including the design of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It aims to equip you with relevant information and tools to enable you to develop and implement an effective post-2015 advocacy strategy. You can either follow its step-by-step approach or simply consult the tips, tools and case studies most relevant to your existing activities. Engaging with the media, is a companion to the toolkit which provides a guide to the strategic use of the media and social media in the context of post-2015 advocacy. 

Download from the CIVICUS website.