Sunday, September 16, 2012


Empowering Democratic Activists for MENA Advancement- EDAMA

The United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) is the legally binding international anti-corruption instrument. UNCAC provides a unique opportunity to mount a global response to a global problem. As a member of the UN Coalition Against Corruption (UNCAC), I had applied to Partners-Jordan for participating in the Regional Forum for Arab Democracy (“Empowering Democratic Activists for MENA Advancement- EDAMA”) to be held in Amman, Jordan between September 24 to 27, 2012. I have been selected from Asia and invited to participate. EDAMA is designed to support the proactive engagement of democratic activists in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) in ongoing and potential democratic transitions and reforms throughout the region. The forum will facilitate in-person and virtual learning exchanges and opportunities among democratic activists and provide ‘learn-by-doing’ opportunities for MENA democratic activists to apply new skills, ideas, and resources, as it will create an informal global network of democratic activists, provide skills training, and build inter-cultural relationships that will foster ongoing support and virtual exchanges among participants from the MENA region and selected European, Latin American, Asian, and African democratic activists and leaders. The forum will be followed by extensive coaching and capacity-building for motivated participants through online engagement in a virtual platform that supports knowledge sharing, collaboration, social networking, and e-learning. The project will convene several face-to-face sub-regional workshops, which will include more individualized technical assistance, coaching, and networking opportunities to further bolster relevant skills and promote collaboration to enable activists to develop action plans to implement new strategies in their countries. At the close of the program, EDAMA participants will join together for a final regional lessons-learned workshop.

The Fight Against Corruption

An e-learning tool for the private sector on the UN Convention against Corruption and the Securing E-Governance: Ensuring Data Protection And Privacy Saturday, June 16th, 2012, from 9:30 am - 5:00pm AHMEDABAD Management Association Hall, Atira Campus, Dr. Vikram Sarabhai Marg, Ahmedabad, INDIA, 380 015 On behalf of Privacy India,in partnership with the Centre for Internet & Society, International Development Research Centre and Society in Action Group, I would like to invite you to ‘Securing e-Governance: ensuring data protection and privacy’. The meeting will focus on discussing the challenges and concerns to privacy in India. Registration is free and open to the public. India has witnessed a rapid proliferation of the use of information and communication technology in the delivery of government services. E-government is seen as an instrument to simultaneously increase the efficiency, transparency and accountability of public administration and improve public service delivery. Consequently, this has transformed the traditional delivery of public sector services, this is known as “e-governance”. These developments have implications and pose challenges for privacy and security. The right to privacy in India has been a neglected area of study and engagement. Although sectoral legislation deals with privacy issues, India does not as yet have a horizontal legislation that deals comprehensively with privacy across all contexts. The absence of a minimum guarantee of privacy is felt most heavily by marginalized communities, including HIV patients, children, women, sexuality minorities, prisoners, etc. - people who most need to know that sensitive information is protected. Please confirm your participation with me at We sincerely hope you will be able to attend and look forward to your participation. The invitation, speaker list and poster for the meeting is enclosed herewith. For more information, visit our website at: Regards, Natasha Vaz The Centre for Internet and Society Phone: (+91)-080-40926283 Telefax: (+91)-080-25350955 Mobile: 968-675-1357 Background on Privacy India's Public Awareness Series Since June 2010, Privacy India in collaboration with Privacy International, based in London, has been engaging in public awareness through workshops and consultations. These provide a platform for policy makers, sectoral experts, NGOs, and the public to discuss and deliberate different questions of privacy, its intersections and its implications with our everyday life. The discussions have ranged from topics of identity and privacy, to minority rights and privacy, and consumer privacy. The workshops have been organized in different cities - Bangalore, Guwahati, Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Goa, etc..

A joint product of the UN Global Compact and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime. This e-learning tool uses six interactive learning modules to further the audience's understanding of the UN Global Compact’s 10th principle against corruption and the UN Convention against Corruption as it applies to the private sector. The tool is targeted at everyone who acts on behalf of a company. Each module only lasts about five minutes, providing a quick and effective way of learning. And it is fun too!

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