New course designed to bring knowledge and skills to civil society organisations

22 July 2019
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CIDT have developed a new training programme for civil society organisations (CSOs) promoting change in the forest sector. With a varied and relevant curriculum based on many years of work in the sector, we are pleased to be able to further support the important work of civil society in driving improvements in forest governance.

The 5 day course, Civil Society: Representation, Activism and Influence, will give participants the opportunity to critically explore the role of civil society actors in promoting good governance, as well as the challenges and tensions inherent in that role, and practical strategies and skills for influencing change.

“We are very pleased to be able to offer this new training package to organisations, projects and programmes supporting the capacity strengthening of non state actors in the forest sector. It has grown out of our long experience of working with civil society organisations and networks across the world, and is designed to respond to the real challenges faced by the sector.”
Sarah Thomas, course leader.

The crucial role played by an active civil society in improving forest governance is widely recognised. Civil society actors influence positive change through external oversight and push for greater transparency and accountability. They also represent marginalised communities and influence the development of legislation, policies and programmes which conserve the environment whilst protecting and promoting the rights of vulnerable populations.

CIDT have created this course to ensure that, as the sector expands and changes, CSO staff, activists and volunteers are able to reflect on their role within it, its boundaries and possibilities, and the practical skills and capacities required to bring about citizen-driven change.

If you work with a project or organisation that supports civil society organisations and are interested in discussing the programme further then please get in touch with Sarah Thomas.