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The Civil Society Desk is new program within CIMC. It was created by CIMC in 2012 on advice by Hon. Charles Abel,  who was then the Minister for National Planning and CIMC Chairman. The initial intention for its creation was to provide technical and executive support services to the development of the State-Civil Society Partnership Initiative. However, its scope of work extended over time with additional responsibilities including polict design.

Purpose of the Desk
The aim of the CIMC Civil Society Desk is to provide secretariat support services to the development of the State-Civil Society Partnership and to facilitate constant dialogue between Civil Society stakeholders and Government on key development issues, plans and policies.

Functions of the Desk
The CIMC Civil Society Desk plays a key role in:

•    House and coordinate the State-Civil Society Partnership Initiative
•    Provide advisory and technical support services to the State-Civil Society Partnership Policy National Task Force
•    Act as the focal/contact point for Civil Society and Government meet
•    Seen as a Civil Society focal point in the absence of a permeant Civil Society peak body
•    Facilitate annual Civil Society roundtable meetings to maintain constant and sustained dialogue between Civil Societies and government
•    Convey Civil Society issues and recommendations coming through meetings, consultations and workshops to government and other relevant stakeholders  
•    House and provide technical and advisory role on the implementation of OGP commitment on Public participation-National Action Plan 2.
•    Work hand in hand with the Department for National Planning and Monitoring and all Civil Society sectors.
•    Create and maintain Civil Society data base

Key Partners
CSOs inclusive of all sectors across the country.

1.    The PNG Assembly of Persons with Disability –Disability Sector (Advocacy)
2.    The National Board for Disable Persons _Disability Sector (Service Delivery)
3.    Partners with Melanesia (Environmental Sector)
4.    PNG Women in Agriculture (Economic sector)
5.    PNG Education Advocacy Network (Education Sector)
6.    Peace Foundation Melanesia ( Law and Justice  Sector )
7.    Transparency International PNG ( Law and Governance Sector )
8.    Forest for Change Forest for Life (Environment)
9.    Ocean (Environmental)
10.  Centre for Environmental Law and Community Obligation Rights (Environmental)  
11.  PNG Bible Translation Association (Faith Based)
12.  The United Church PNG (Church)
13.  The Voice Inc. (Youth and gender)
14.   Madang Civil Society Forum

Department of National Planning and Monitoring

The European Union

Program Components
1.    State-Civil Society Partnership Initiative
2.    Annual National Civil Society Roundtable Meetings
3.    Focal point for Implementing OGP Commitment 2: Public Participation

Why Create CSO Desk within CIMC?
CIMC has a good relationship with DNPM to enable policy development and has existing networks with CSOs in various sectors through its current structure.  It also has existing resources which enable it to manage the process whilst permanent arrangements are finalized.  In the absence of a Civil Society space the CIMC Civil Society Desk is playing that role in the interim

State-Civil Society Partnership Initiative
The partnership is a government strategy to formally engage Civil Society to complement the role of government in delivering programs that contribute towards nation building. The Desk with support from DNPM has a widely consulted State-Civil Society Partnership Policy in place with the Department of National Planning awaiting for National Executive Council (NEC) approval for its implementation. It was developed by the National Taskforce with membership comprised of National Planning as the chair including Department for Community Development and other relevant government agencies, national and regional Civil Society sector representatives, Churches and the CIMC.

The Annual CSO Roundtable Meeting
The Annual CSO Roundtable Meeting (ANCSRM) is the second most important activity under the CIMC Civil Society Desk. It is an important event organized  annually by CIMC  where CSOs from all sectors across PNG come together to share experiences, issues, challenges and other development concerns  and look at ways on how they can work together with government in addressing issues and challenges hindering their work.  

Four roundtable meetings have been conducted so far with the first organized by CIMC in partnership with the interim PNG Civil Society Forum in 2014 at the Sioni Kami Memorial Church in Port Moresby. The 2017 and 2018 roundtables meetings ended with two key outcomes  where CSOs submitted a Civil Society position paper to government outlining six key recommendations on specific issues and the presentation of the 2018 Civil Society Communiqué strongly calling on the government to endorse and implement the 2017-20122 State-Civil Society partnership policy and recognizing CIMC as the interim Civil Society focal point. Copies of the 2017 Civil Society Position Paper and the 2018 Communique  can be accessed here. Full reports will be made available in due course.  

2017 Civil Society Position Paper
2018 2018 Laguna Communique on Development Cooperation

Implementing OGP Cluster Commitment 2: Public Participation
CIMC was selected as the lead Civil Society Organization to implement cluster commitment on Public Participation. This particular commitment is to facilitate ongoing dialogue between government and the public to provide views and concerns on the formulation of the annual budgetary processes. The CIMC Civil Society Desk as planned to facilitate the first workshop  in the middle of May, 2019 for the public to provide views and concerns on the 2020 budget planning process.



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