written by Deirdre de Burca, Forus advocacy coordinator 

The Transparency, Accountability & Participation (TAP) Network is a broad network of civil society organizations (CSOs) that works to ensure that open, inclusive, accountable, effective governance and peaceful societies are at the heart of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and that civil society are recognized and mobilized as indispensable partners in the design, implementation of and accountability for sustainable development policies, at all levels. 

 
The TAP Network engages some of the foremost expert organizations on the issues around Goal 16 of the Sustainable Development Goals. TAP benefits from the invaluable expertise, experiences and unique perspectives of its members, all of whom come together to collaborate on joint work and common positions under the TAP Network umbrella. This work is underpinned by recognition that we maximize reach and influence when many stakeholders speak with a unified voice. TAP’s engagement structures are broken down into two main categories: “Members” and “Partners,” with each enjoying very different sets of privileges and benefits. These various options for organizations provide a responsive yet flexible engagement structure that enables TAP to identify key implementation partners to support its work, while at the same time being open and inclusive of organizations that are supportive of TAP’s work, but who may be unable to make explicit commitments to helping advance TAP’s work.  


General TAP “Members” are organizations that can register to stay up-to-date on TAP’s work and can loosely contribute to taking TAP’s substantive work forward. They are able to share in the information and intel-sharing and general updates that the TAP Network has become known for and have access to a listserv of hundreds of experts on SDG16 and the 2030 Agenda. TAP “Partners” are organizations that take part in the substantive work of the Network, and work closely with each other through various engagement structures and channels. These “Partners” make explicit commitments that outline their work to advance the overall mission and objectives of TAP on the issues they work on. In exchange for making these commitments, “Partners” enjoy an exclusive set of benefits and privileges, and can benefit from direct support, both technical and financial, from the TAP Secretariat.  

 
In the lead-up to the 2019 HLPF in July and the SDGs Summit in September, TAP has a number of exciting opportunities for CSOs to engage in: 

 
  • Launch of our “SDG Accountability Handbook”, a practical guide for civil society to hold their government accountable for commitments to the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs. 


  • Coordination of National Civil Society VNR workshops in up to 12 countries.


  • 2019 HLPF planning, specifically engagement in an HLPF CSOs storytelling event, UNDESA’s SDG16 Conference, and UNDP’s “SDG16 Report to the 2019 HLPF”

 

  • Advocacy around 2019 HLPF, SDGs Summit, and 2020 HLPF Reform Negotiations.


  • Showcasing of TAP Network Partners Commitments. 


  • Collecting and showcasing of National “Civil Society Reports” on SDG16.


Organizations interested in joining the TAP Network — and taking advantage of these opportunities in 2019 — can apply to become a Partner or Member at www.tapnetwork2030.org/join.