Tēnā tātou katoa     Tēnā anō tātou It was a busy month of Haratua/May for Hui E! in two particular areas for the community sector. The Affinity Group of National Associations held two separate gatherings and the Open Government Partnership engagement with the community was in action. Hui E! is a member of AGNA, which is a group of “national associations from around the world to foster greater co-operation across national and regional boundaries and to increase their ability to collaborate on mutual areas of interest.” We attended the Annual General Meeting to discuss, among other things, how we can better strengthen national organisations to help their networks. Items included membership, shrinking civil space and legitimacy, transparency and accountability. An interesting item on 6 global trends regarding civil society financial resources indicated that very few resources reach the front line services and many countries had government restrictions that limit financial resources from other countries. It was highlighted that a dominant operating model of the traditional aid sector also comes with limits that can impact lasting change. Furthermore, donor-dependent behavior can impact the legitimacy of civil society. Notwithstanding that general project funds for policy and advocacy are not likely to increase over time there is however an increase in individual giving within fast developing countries. All of which might paint a bleak picture, and we may even draw some similarities here in Aotearoa New Zealand, however, we can still remain optimistic that our grantor-grantee relationships might reflect the uniqueness of our character in our corner of the world. AGNA also hosted a Youth Peer Exchange that you can read more about in this pānui. As we mentioned last month, the Open Government Partnership (OGP) team at State Services Commission held some meetings around the country towards the 3rd National Action Plan. Hui E! is now a member of the Expert Advisory Panel (EAP) for the OGP and we’ve been able to contribute to discussions towards ensuring the voice of the community is considered. We all now that Hon Clare Curran will decide the final action plan and we’re midly optimistic that the third iteration will be an improvement on it’s previous predecessor. When the EAP reconvene in early July we’ll have more updates on progress but for now check out the link. Open Government Partnership: https://ogp.org.nz/ Keep warm and stay safe if you’re traveling in this cold month of Pīpiri/June. Ngā mihi Anaru   Sector News    Ensuring a fit for purpose Charities Act Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector, Peeni Henare, has launched a comprehensive review of the Charities Act. The purpose of the review is to ensure that the Charities Act is effective and fit for purpose. Hui E! Is part of the core reference group of representatives from the charities sector and we’ll keep you updated on developments and ways to engage. Public consultation will occur later this year.You can read the terms of reference here    We invite your feedback on the Hui E! SDG discussion paper It’s been just over a month since the inaugural Summit on the Sustainable Development Goals was held in Wellington on 23 April. While sectors regroup and work out next steps, we invite your feedback on a discussion paper, which assesses the SDGs from a community sector perspective. The paper, researched and written by our recent intern Teri Flint, discusses obstacles, barriers and problems for community sector adoption of the SDGs, as well as opportunities or pathways forwards for the community sector and SDG implementation. Read the paper here and send comments or questions to ronja.ievers@huie.org.nz And if you weren’t able to attend the inaugural summit, the organisers published a short video clip featuring some of the key messages here https://youtu.be/VkliSwAAfag   Our Climate Your Say – public consultation open Over the next month, the government will be travelling around the country talking about the Zero Carbon Bill – a proposed new law on how we deal with climate change in New Zealand. Make sure you participate in a meeting near you – and invite your communities to come along to. The discussion document Our Climate Your Say has now been was released and consultation on the Bill runs until 5pm 19 July. More information, including dates for public meetings across NZ are made available on the MfE website here (click on public meetings): https://www.mfe.govt.nz/have-your-say-zero-carbon   Ending Homelessness in Aotearoa – will Budget 2018 do the trick? Read the blog by Community Housing Aotearoa here (link to: http://community.scoop.co.nz/2018/05/ending-homelessness-in-aotearoa-will-budget-2018-do-the-trick/   Report on previous Events and Conferences   Peer Exchange: Meaningful Youth Engagement with National/Regional Networks 10 – 12 May 2018 – Johannesburg, South Africa Youth Parkour Joberg May 2018 Hui E! attended a Youth Peer exchange in South Africa Johannesburg – May 10-12 2018 AGNA had organised a Peer Exchange with the CIVICUS Youth Working Group, led by the Youth Action Team (YAT) on youth engagement in civil society. The exchanges explored on how youth members can better engage within national/regional networks, while also exploring the added value of national/regional networks in supporting youth-led initiatives. Despite growing public interest in mainstreaming youth participation, numerous challenges still inhibit meaningful youth civic engagement with and within the CSO sector. National and regional networks can play a key part in designing and enabling spaces for young people to speak up and occupy public spheres to demand their rights, their issues and present solutions to our current global challenges. Objectives were:
  1. To develop the capacity of national/regional networks to overcome the obstacles to youth meaningful participation by bringing innovative approaches in development of youth participation spaces, practices, tools, approaches and mechanisms.
  2. To build promote cross-sectorial cooperation in the youth field and civil society overall sharing knowledge and skills, values and attitudes of civil society leaders needed for securing space for young people’s engagement in an inclusive, secure and sustainable way.
The Youth Parkour is a year long project with 10 organisational partners from all regions in the world engaged in advocating for a wider, safer and meaningful space for young people to participate in civil society. Through out the Parkour, youth led and youth focus organisations will meet and exchange with different stakeholders in the sector: national associations, international alliances and local groups on what are the best approaches, tools and mechanisms to strengthen youth participation in different contexts.

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Global issues affect the sector   Global SDG Report The Global SDGs Report that has been released by the Secretary General of the UN. The report provides a global overview of the current situation of the Sustainable Development Goals, based on the latest available data for indicators. Access the report here
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