ForumCiv believes in the vital role of civil society in contributing to the fulfilment of human rights, particularly by focusing on non-discrimination and active popular participation that makes democracy possible. ForumCiv applies a rights-based approach to its work. This means turning the spotlight on discrimination and injustice by analysing differences and identifying power relations so that we can understand how and when people’s freedoms are being violated.

Our development perspectives

Conflict and Do-No-Harm

Conflict is a delicate issue that requires a sensitive approach, but it is also an opportunity for development and cooperation. Within a society, violence is not always physical but can also manifest itself in cultural attitudes, beliefs and behaviours that justify structural discrimination. This leads to some groups being granted privilege whilst others are oppressed. Conflict has a greater impact on women and girls, especially as they are not well represented in peacebuilding processes.

Development cooperation has a duty to follow the Do-No-Harm principle and not create, aggravate or contribute to conflict. We need to understand the context in which we operate and make sure to avoid negative impacts whilst maximising the positive. ForumCiv aims to address the root causes of conflict by supporting civil society organizations in changing discriminatory structures and strengthen democracy and human rights.

Environment and climate change

ForumCiv works toward Environmental and Climate justice. We are in an ecological and climate emergency in which those who least contributed suffer the most. Environmental and Climate justice is a race and gender issue, it is an equity and equality issue. Environmental Rights are Human Rights.

As a result of our man-made, exploitative systems, resources and power are unequally distributed. Richer countries are using unsustainable amounts of resources, leading to a loss of biodiversity that threatens everyone’s ability to survive. Globally, these pressures and scarcity are leading to increased conflict; further exacerbated by advantageous economic interests. The cost of this is environmental health, human health, and human lives. Civic space is shrinking at an alarming rate, with every year more and more Environmental Defenders being threatened and killed.

ForumCiv challenges unjust power structures to address the root causes to this emergency. We work toward a world in which all are able to exercise their rights to a healthy environment, and equally participate in decision-making processes that affect their livelihoods, community and environment.

Gender equality

Gender equality is a human right and a prerequisite for achieving democratic societies and sustainable development. In order to achieve gender equality and equity ForumCiv takes into consideration power relations between and within other social divisions such as age, class, disability, ethnicity, sexual orientation etc.

ForumCiv works for an equal society in which all people enjoy the same rights, opportunities and resources. We believe that everyone should be able to be themselves and decide over their sexual orientation and gender identity without persecution or violation of their human rights.