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Opening for the position of Campaign Coordinator at the Social Watch International Secretariat in Montevideo. Applications must be sent before January 25, 2008.

Thirty participants attended a workshop held at the Mogadishu' Sahafi II hotel on Tuesday and Wednesday 20th and 21st of November 2007. SOCDA organised the gathering in order to highlight the importance of civil society networks.

The workshop “Sharing experiences and building advocacy capacities” was held in Rabat, Morocco from 17 to 19 July 2007. It was co-organized by Espace Associatif and the Social Watch International Secretariat with the collaboration of Oxfam Novib/Kic. The workshop brought together 22 activists from 14 French-speaking African countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali, Morocco, Mauritania, Niger, Republic of Congo, Senegal, Togo, Tunisia and Kenya).

On December 12 Tanzania Social Watch Coalition held a Press conference to launching of the 2007 Social Watch Report. The Conference was attended by different stakeholders who discussed the report in detail and promised to use the same as an advocacy tool on Social Security Issues. The event was covered by different print and electronic media.

Leonor Magtolis Briones

The death by suicide of a twelve-year old girl from Davao due to extreme poverty has touched the collective conscience of the country. People of consequence, from the President down to bureaucrats, social anthropologists, civil society organizations, and media personalities have endeavored to explain why a child would commit suicide.

The workshop "Building an Asian community of practice on monitoring and budget analysis" was held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, July 9 – 11 2007. The workshop was organized by SILAKA and Social Watch in collaboration with OXFAM- Novib/KIC, and brought together 23 participants from several countries in the region (Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam).

The Social Watch Report 2007 entitled “In dignity and rights. Making theuniversal right to social security a reality” was launched October 24 at United Nations Headquarters in New York, in the context of the United Nations High-level Dialogue on Financing for Development (Ffd).

The Social Watch Report 2007 entitled “In dignity and rights. Making the universal right to social security a reality” will be launched at the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in New York, in the context of the United Nations High-level Dialogue on Financing for Development to be held from October 23 to 24 at United Nations Headquarters. The Hearings with the civil society will precede de HLD, and are scheduled for October 22.

Our network had a major presence at the WSF in Nairobi, Kenya, with a series of workshops and activities addressing the different areas that our work has emphasized in the past years. In addition to organizing a number of capacity-building workshops (the Use of Social Indicators, Poverty and ESC Rights, Budget Monitoring), round tables and Watchers coordinating meetings during the Forum itself, we subsequently held another meeting of our Coordinating Committee to decide upon the guidelines for our work in the future.

A civil society delegation representing the National Social Watch Coalition (NSWC) engaged in a meaningful interaction with the Planning Commission around the Citizens' Report on Governance and Development 2007 and the monitoring of the key institutions of governance namely Parliament, Executive- Policy, Judiciary and Local self Governance. Deputy Chairperson of the Planning Commission Mr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia and the Planning Commission Members actively participated in the discourse.

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