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Progressing National SDGs Implementation Report

31 Março 2021

We're part of a coalition of CSOs that convened to write the 5th edition of the Progressing National #SDGs Implementation report. Based on 47 VNR reports, we analyzed various countries' aspects of 2030Agenda implementation.

ADEQUATE CIVIC SPACE & AN ENABLING ENVIRONMENT: Essential preconditions for effective CSO engagement with the SDGs

31 Março 2021

The 2030 Agenda is the main international mechanism for guiding sustainable development in all UN Member States until 2030. It guarantees a clear role for civil society as part of an innovative multi-stakeholder approach to implementation, follow up and review in promoting transformational change in their communities. However, civil society faces significant challenges in fulfilling its role without access to adequate civic space, and an enabling environment in which to operate.


26 Janeiro 2021

This report was written by Ana de Oliveira, Researcher, and Shannon Kindornay, Director of Research, Policy and Practice at Cooperation Canada, and Brian Tomlinson, Executive Director at AidWatch Canada. The work was commissioned by Forus International with the financial support from Bread for the World.

Mapping innovation thinking, culture, and practices among Forus members.

30 Dezembro 2020

Research Report – Executive Summary - Forus collaborated with PhD researcher at the University of Lisbon, Ana Luisa Silva to situate innovation thinking, culture, and practices among its members. The study assesses innovation culture, capabilities, and barriers in CSO networks.

The Big Changes needed in Financing for Sustainable Development

24 Dezembro 2020

The cumulative impacts of converging international crises including the coronavirus health pandemic, the accelerating climate and biodiversity crises, have contributed to an extremely challenging global macro-economic context and there is now a strong possibility of a prolonged sharp slowdown in global economic activity.

Um estudo preliminar de as experiências das plataformas CSO na promoção de um ambiente favorável

21 Dezembro 2020

Qual é a melhor maneira de promover um ambiente favorável à sociedade civil em todo o mundo?

Literature Review - A Scoping Study of National Platforms’ Experiences In Promoting an Enabling Environment

04 Dezembro 2020

CSOs are crucial actors in promoting peaceful inclusive societies through sustainable people-centred development. They amplify peoples’ voices in policy dialogue, pioneer innovation, and directly engage local communities and constituencies in seeking transformative change. Literature Review of the Forus Scoping Study of National Platforms’ Experiences In Promoting an Enabling Environment - by Brian Tomlinson, AidWatch Canada

FiC Declaração conjunta de OSC

09 Novembro 2020

Os BPDs devem atender ao mundo que desejamos.

Estratégia de Forus 2021 – 2025

25 Setembro 2020

Uma agenda positiva para a sociedade civil.

Transformative action to realize the 2030 Agenda through effective coalitions

18 Setembro 2020

While implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is primarily the responsibility of governments, the scale and ambition of the agenda call for contributions from stakeholders across society including parliamentarians, citizens, civil society organizations, the private sector, academia, and the media. Based on a review of multi- stakeholder coalitions from around the world, this working paper provides a series of good practices and evidence- informed recommendations that can be used to strengthen the governance of coalitions in order to trigger accelerated and transformative actions for sustainable development.

Realizing the potential of Goal 16 to promote and protect civic space

15 Julho 2020

Civil society will face significant challenges in fulfilling the role it has been mandated by the 2030 Agenda without access to adequate civic space, and an enabling environment in which to operate. Current research suggests that civil society in over half of the countries of the world is facing serious restrictions on its freedom to engage, express itself and be heard. This report based on 18 case studies raises the awareness of members of the potential of Goal 16 of the 2030 Agenda to be used as a lever for creating greater political space for civil society, and to enable it to contribute more effectively to monitoring and implementing the 2030 Agenda. Finally the results of these case studies are likely to contribute to the development of new civic space indicators which will measure the efforts of UN Member States to “protect fundamental freedoms” in accordance with international human rights standards and national human rights laws.

Are governments delivering on the Capacity Development of Civil Society to ensure a successful implementation of the 2030 Agenda?

14 Julho 2020

An analysis of the 2019 VNRs to evaluate the activities of national governments on the capacity development of civil society. Table

Delivering on the Capacity Development of Civil Society and other Stakeholders to ensure a successful implementation of the 2030 Agenda - An analysis of the 2017 & 2018 VNRs to evaluate what national governments are doing in this area

10 Julho 2019

Goal 17 recognizes the role of Capacity Development as an important means of implementation of the 2030 Agenda. Although civil society is not specifically mentioned in this regard, it is clear that the need for enhanced capacity development for all stakeholder groups involved in the 2030 Agenda monitoring and implementation is recognized. For this reason, Forus carried out an analysis of the 2017 & 2018 VNRs in order to determine how capacity development is being implemented by national governments and whom it benefits.

The review of the HLPF as an opportunity to strengthen multi-stakeholder participation & improve SDG implementation

10 Julho 2019

The High-level Political Forum is the United Nations (UN) central platform for follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Civil Society is calling for greater transparency in relation to the process of HLPF review. Given the importance of the official review of the HLPF this year, Forus and Civil Society actors are calling for civil society to be fully informed, in advance of the launch of the process being launched, of how it can best engage with and influence it.

FUNDING CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANISATIONS & NETWORKS : “Promising approaches to financing development in the 21st century” – Executive summary

10 Julho 2019

Pour soutenir ces missions pour connecter, soutenir et assurer le développement des capacités des Organisations de la Société Civile (OSC), Forus a réalisé une étude sur les sources et modalités de financements des réseaux et plateformes de la société civile aux niveaux national et régional. L’étude a examiné les forces et les faiblesses des différentes sources et modalités de financement afin de formuler des recommandations pour améliorer à l’avenir l’attribution des ressources aux réseaux et aux plateformes des OSC, assurer que les contributions des OSC pour atteindre les Objectifs de développement durable (ODD) sont soutenues, et accompagner la mise en place d’un écosystème plus favorable à la société civile.

FUNDING CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANISATIONS & NETWORKS : “Promising approaches to financing development in the 21st century”

10 Julho 2019

Para poder llevar a cabo su labor de conectar, apoyar e influir en el desarrollo de capacidades de las Organizaciones de la Sociedad Civil (OSC), Forus ha encargado una investigación sobre las fuentes de financiación de OSC existentes actualmente y sus posibles modalidades a nivel nacional y regional. Esta investigación buscó analizar las fortalezas y debilidades de las distintas fuentes y modalidades de financiación de las OSC para elaborar recomendaciones sobre las formas más eficaces de financiar dichas organizaciones en el futuro, para garantizar que la contribución de las OSC al logro de los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible (ODS) sea apoyado, y para apoyar el desarrollo de un ecosistema más favorable para la sociedad civil.

Forus Leaflet

05 Abril 2019

Developing the capacities of civil society for a successful implementation of the 2030 agenda

03 Agosto 2018

Discussion paper of the IFP (formerly Forus) on the experience of its members in the follow-up and implementation of Agenda 2030 and the urgency for the political community to make available appropriate resources for a coordinated approach to civil society capacity development at the global level.

O Futuro Da Cooperação Internacional para o Desenvolvimento

16 Abril 2021

Neste relatório, o membro português de Forus, a Plataforma ONGD, analisa as transformações contemporâneas do setor da cooperação internacional para o desenvolvimento, num contexto marcado pela reorganização das Relações Internacionais. O relatório aborda os desafios enfrentados pelos principais atores públicos e privados da cooperação para o desenvolvimento, e oferece diretrizes para se adaptar e inovar às recentes evoluções do mundo.

Monitoring and Review of SDG 16 Plus at the National and Regional Level (2015-2020) in Asia

25 Março 2021

The concept of SDG 16+ refers to the fact that SDG 16 (“Peaceful Just and Inclusive Societies”) is interlinked with many other SDGs and should thus be implemented as such, in a transversal manner, enhancing issues like government accountability, building trust and sustaining peace. Coordinated by the Asia Development Alliance with contributions from Forus and the TAP network and based on case studies from 13 Asian countries, this report assesses the gaps and challenges of SDG 16 + implementation in Asia and includes good practices and recommendations that can help policy makers understand the perspectives and priorities of the local communities.

CSO Space and the role of National Platforms in policy and practise: Lithuania and Uganda

18 Março 2021

Produced by the Lithuanian NGDO Platform and the Uganda National NGO Forum during a project coordinated by FORUS, this report highlights the role of national platforms in policy-making and practise in both countries.


04 Maio 2020

Made with the support of Forus. This study seeks both to revisit the terms of this debate and to “test” localisation based on practices in the field. It queries the discrepancies that may exist between the debate on localisation and realities on the ground, and it questions the hypothesis that greater “proximity” of aid to the field of action increases the effectiveness of the projects carried out.

Progressing National SDGs Implementation (Fourth Edition) Full report

05 Março 2020

Prepared by the Canadian Council for International Co-operation and commissioned by various civil society organizations including Forus, the report identifies ten key pillars essential to the effective implementation of the 2030 Agenda. It also recognizes emerging good practice and sets out a range of conclusions and recommendations with respect to how countries can both improve their implementation of SDGs and use the HLPF as an opportunity for mutual peer learning, knowledge exchange and support. Furthermore, the review also provides a comparative assessment of how VNR reporting is evolving over time through a comparison of analysis of the VNRs in previous years with findings for 2019.

Progressing National SDGs Implementation (Fourth Edition)

28 Fevereiro 2020

The review of the 47 VNR reports submitted to the HLPF in 2019 revealed a range of good practices and trends in implementation and reporting, many of which are positive, some of which are cause for concern. The Progressing National SDGs Implementation report covers all aspects of 2030 Agenda implementation through an examination of governance and institutional arrangements, stakeholder engagement, policies, the means of implementation and reporting. Key findings, good practice case studies, emerging best practice and recommendations are presented throughout the report

Anexos - Segunda edição do relatório "Avançando na Implementaçao dos ODS" (em inglês)

14 Março 2019

El informe "Implementación progresiva de los ODS a nivel nacional" es un estudio independiente de los informes de revisión nacional voluntaria, enviado en el 2017 al Foro Político de Alto Nivel de las Naciones Unidas sobre el Desarrollo Sostenible. El informe es la segunda edición en series anuales encomendadas por organizaciones de la sociedad civil.

Relatórios Executivos: Segunda edição do relatório "Avançando na Implementaçao dos ODS" (em inglês)

14 Março 2019

In July 2018, governments convened for the Sixth Meeting of the United Nations High-level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development to examine their progress on implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As outlined in the 2030 Agenda, this follow-up and review process is meant to promote accountability to citizens, support effective international cooperation and foster exchange of best practice and mutual learning.

Segunda edição do relatório "Avançando na Implementaçao dos ODS"

14 Março 2019

O relatório é uma avaliação independente dos relatórios voluntários de revisão nacional submetidos ao Fórum Político de Alto Nível das Nações Unidas sobre Desenvolvimento Sustentável em 2017. O relatório é a segunda edição de uma série anual encomendada por organizações da sociedade civil.

Terceira edição do relatório "Avançando na Implementaçao dos ODS"

04 Fevereiro 2019

Uma avaliação independente dos relatórios de revisão nacional voluntários apresentados ao Fórum Político de Alto Nível das Nações Unidas para o Desenvolvimento Sustentável em 2018. Este relatório é o terceiro de uma série anual encomendada por organizações da sociedade civil.

Principais conclusões da terceira edição do relatório "Implementação progressiva dos ODS a nível nacional"

04 Fevereiro 2019

Este relatório, a terceira edição da série: Implementação progressiva dos ODS, fornece informações essenciais que serão fundamentais para as discussões do FPAN em 2019 e para a revisão oficial do FPAN programada para a 74ª sessão da Assembleia Geral das Nações Unidas (2019-2020).

Executive Summary of the third Edition of the report "Progressing national SDGs implementation" (em inglês)

31 Janeiro 2019

An independent assessment of the voluntary national review reports submitted to the United Nations High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in 2018. The Third Edition in an annual series commissioned by civil society organisations.

An innovative global network empowering civil society for effective social change

12 Janeiro 2019

Leadership in Times of Covid-19: Essential Qualities, Skills and Practices

14 Agosto 2020

​​Leading in this time is different in so many ways, so we set out to write something readable and practical for you as leaders, with some essential features of this crisis to note, as well as some of the essential qualities, capacities and skills needed. This article was written by the Tamarind Tree Associates (TTA) who is faciliating Forus Leadership Development Program, supporting capacity development of its members with broader leadership skills through peer exchanges on leadership, social change and the evolving roles of national NGO platforms. For more information on their work:

The Future of Civil Society Organisations

12 Maio 2020

The Future is unwritten. Yet, the current challenges and opportunities brought by the COVID-19 pandemic call for a conversation over the transformations we want to see in society, and in the humanitarian, social justice and environmental sector. In this publication, a group of leaders of civil society networks and platforms (including Forus' director Sarah STRACK) share their observations and thoughts, identifying possible directions that civil society organisations may want to go. Not everyone we wanted in the publication was able to contribute, but we will use this as a conversation starter bringing in yet more diversity of perspectives over the coming months. You will read their views on how the ways we work and organise, need to be adapted and made more agile to keep pace with people’s expectations. It is about shifting power, bridging divides and transforming society with a sense of acceleration, caused by the current crisis.