2/15 Mon 14:00-15:30

Breakout session
“Tokyo Democracy Forum: Civic Space and COVID-19 in Asian countries”

Based on the findings of the Kathmandu Democracy Forum held in November 2020, presenters will focus on updates between November 2020 and January 2021 on human rights and democracy and the civil society response to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic to democracy in respective countries and themes. Presenters will review and discuss progress and challenges of themes such as migrant workers, media freedom, and democratic election, focusing on each target within SDG 16+.

Dr. Md Shahid Uz Zaman

Eco Social Development Organization (ESDO)
Eco-Social Development Organization (ESDO) started its journey in 1988 with a vision to stand in solidarity with the marginalized people. During this long span, ESDO adapted with the changing situation and provided the most time-bound effective supports & services to the disadvantaged people. ESDO currently implementing 78 ongoing programs and projects across 49 districts (out of 64) of Bangladesh covering over 7.5 million vulnerable people with the partnership of 32 development partners including Government, UN agencies, INGOs, LNGOs, networks & alliances. Community focused and people centered approach including government’s development agenda and SDGs are the guiding principle of ESDO.

Ry Sovanna

Cooperation Committee for Cambodia (CCC)
CCC is a membership-based organization with nearly 200 local and foreign non-governmental organizations (NGOs) as members working in various sectors contributing to sustainable development in Cambodia. In addition, we have also established formal collaboration with 15 provincial NGOs networks out of 25 provinces in Cambodia. CCC plays a unique role as an enabling agent to facilitate civil society to collectively response and accountably work together for respect of human rights, democracy, good governance, enabling environment and sustainability of CSOs to achieving its vision for sustainable development for Cambodia.

Arjun Phillips

Voluntary Action Network India (VANI)
VANI was set up in 1988 with an objective to promote volunteerism and voluntary sector in India. It is a membership-based organization, containing direct membership of 600 Voluntary Organizations and an outreach to 10,000 across India.
The key activities of VANI include: – Evidence based advocacy with Government, Donors, CSR, Media; – Advisory on legal and regulatory requirements and internal management (FCRA, GST, Registration Laws, Governance); – Capacity Building on institutional strengthening (governance, legal matters, compliances, fundraising, resilience building and so on) ; – Research Studies (enabling environment, regulatory regime and implications, development assistance, governance, management etc.); – Information dissemination (to CSOs, government, media, donors etc.); – Fostering inter and intra sectoral linkages.

Haruna Kuraishi

Japan CSO Team
Japan CSO Team is comprised of Japanese NGOs working on development, human rights and civic space as a member of Development Unit of Japan Civil Society Network on SDGs (SDGs Japan).

Hum Bhandari

NGO Federation of Nepal (NFN)
NGO Federation of Nepal (NFN) is an umbrella organization of NGOs working in various fields of social welfare and development. Established in 1991 for the promotion and protection of social justice, human rights and pro-poor development, NFN has evolved as a national organization working for the entire NGO movement in Nepal. It is actively working to unite, organize and mobilize civil society to create a peaceful, democratic and just society in Nepal. NFN has a central committee, 7 province committees and 77 district committees with network throughout the country. NFN has about 6,345 members NGOs affiliated to it. NFN coordinates the CSOs and CSO networks as well as Nepal SDGs Forum.

Zia ur Rehman

Pakistan Development Alliance
Pakistan Development Alliance is a national level network of CSOs working together on governance and accountability towards the achievement of SDGs in Pakistan. PDA has 111 member organizations from all across the country comprised of Parliamentarians, CSOs, academics, private sectors, marginalized groups and women led community based organizations. PDA has been working in collaboration with Parliamentary Task Forces on SDGs and collecting voices of citizens on SDGs progress.

Isha Miranda

Consortium Humanitarian Agency (CHA)
CHA was founded in April 1997 to serve a membership and has since become a national service provider in non-profit sector. It is representative of the resources and work of the humanitarian sector in Sri Lanka. The Consortium of Humanitarian Agencies (CHA) registered under the Social Services Act is an association working in Sri Lanka and is a subsidiary of the Centre for Humanitarian Affairs CHA employs full time and commissioned personnel lead by sectional heads reporting to the Chairman and Board. Activities of CHA are promoting and protecting human rights, and assisting communities in need, Equal Rights and Change, Research, Information & Communication, Developing and disseminating human rights and humanitarian standards, guidelines, principles, and participatory working methods and approaches and promoting good governance. Its comparative advantages include:
1. Long-term experience in collaborating with government departments, ministries, Sri Lankan and foreign diplomatic missions, and civil society.
2. Strong expertise in influencing policy making and strategies at national level with a view to promoting and protecting human rights, and assisting communities in need.
3. Experience working with marginalized communities, including minorities, migrants, and women-headed households at village, district and national levels;
4. Proven expertise in providing legal aid through mobile legal aid clinics, addressing grievances and securing redress for violations at community level;
5. Extensive experience in capacity building programs aiming to strengthen and empower members of communities, and address their protection and development needs
6. Proven capacity in developing training materials and manuals, in conducting training programs, and in providing timely and effective training of CHA representatives and partners in the field;
7. Strengthening cooperation with the Media, in order to exchange information, ensure fair and objective human rights reporting and further develop TV and radio programs for easy access to information by people in rural areas.