Holding Government to Account: Enabling Environment for CSOs to Empower Communities. World Vision. Introduction:. The 1990s when government was more open to CSOs involvement Confidence of government leads to reduced space for CSOs
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It is often the case that CSOs are recognize as a “partners” when it comes to helping fill in the development gaps that are left-over from governments implementation of development projects, particularly on the social side.
CSOs are not considered by government when it comes to policy input and government not able to take constructive criticisms by CSOs and the people.
CSOs need to ask for more if we are to engage in the process as true development partners.
On 25 January 2007, a group of NGOs working on Indigenous Peoples Rights planned to organize a press conference in Ratanakiri province regarding land dispute in Kang Yu village. The meeting did not happen due to prevention from provincial authorities. The authority said that NGOs have no permission from the Ministry of Interior (MoI) to hold meeting.
On September 2007, CCHR planned to organize a Forum on Land Dispute for community people in Ratanakkiri Province. Again permission to have the forum was rejected by the government officials.
On September 14th 2007, the same group of NGOs – CLEC, VOD and LAC wanted to interview with affected community families in Ratanakiri province regarding land dispute – the case mentioned above – but they were not allowed to enter the village.