FCPF CSO Observer Voting (Northern Country) (English)

INSTRUCTIONS • Please only vote for the region which your Civil Society Organization (CSO) is in. THIS FORM IS FOR CSOS WHICH ARE IN A NORTHERN COUNTRY ONLY. If your CSO is in a different region, please check the explanatory e-mail for the right form. - CSOs were selected as candidates based on the following criteria. Please see this criteria via the link below to make your decision: https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B302oHn1jDdmM2NkYTc0MmItYjRhZC00NzQxLTk4Y2QtZDU4YTc5MjcyZGU3 • Your CSO is allowed ONLY ONE VOTE. • If your CSO includes multiple country offices in the same region, only ONE VOTE PER REGION will be counted. (For example, if your organization has multiple country offices throughout Africa, those offices must jointly decide which country office will submit a vote in the African region, and for which candidates.) Below, is a description of the candidates. Please scroll down to vote for your preferred candidate in your respective region (Questions 3 and 4) after reading the descriptions below. If you require further information on candidates, please visit their listed websites. 1. THE BANK INFORMATION CENTER (BIC) www.bicusa.org EXPERIENCE BIC has been the CSO Observer to the FCPF for the past two years, during which time BIC has collaborated with numerous national and local organizations in Asia, Africa and Latin America, disseminating information and providing technical, strategic and financial support. BIC has also been coordinating the NGO Contact Group on the FCPF, involving mostly US and European NGO's, to coordinate policy advocacy around the FCPF. BIC is familiar with both the policy debates at the international level, and many of the issues arising at the national level. We have good contacts within the FCPF Participants Committee as well as the World Bank and other Delivery Partners. In BIC's advocacy over the past years, we have focused mainly on safeguard related issues- transparency, consultation, participation and accountability, as well as advancing the rights of indigenous peoples. BIC has developed significant expertise on the FCPF approach to safeguards, and have begun publishing educational materials and policy briefs on these issues. ENGLISH FLUENCY Fluent (speak, read, and write) COMMUNICATION #1 BIC has good internet service, frequently organizes tele-conferences and skype calls, and is committed to both disseminating information and coordinating with the widest range of organizations possible. We have a dedicated REDD staff person to coordinate work around the FCPF, as well as Regional Program staff working on REDD issues in Asia, Africa and Latin America able to coordinate with organizations in the regions. COMMUNICATION # 2 BIC has extensive experience in information dissemination and coordinating international advocacy. We have developed the FCPF listserve (a google group) and a web page on the FCPF (http://www.bicusa.org/en/Issue.54.aspx) for routine information dissemination, and a newsletter ("REDD Alert") to disseminate more analytical information as well as country updates. After each PC meeting we have circulated meeting notes and highlights of the discussions and decisions. We have staff working on REDD in Asia, Africa and Latin America who are available for regional activities, where we have organized many training and planning workshops, and our staff speak Spanish, French and Bahasa to help facilitate communication and coordination with partners abroad. REPRESENTATIVENESS BIC is committed to representing all views we are aware of in our advocacy with the World Bank and the FCPF Participants Committee. We coordinate discussions and negotiations with other CSO's to develop joint submissions to the FCPF, and routinely forward and disseminate submissions from other CSO's to the FMT or the PC. BIC's main strategy is to develop common positions where possible, and to be respectful of different positions where it is not. BIC does not claim to "represent" all of northern civil society, because this is not possible for one organization, but we do our best to reflect the proposals, concerns and issues of our constituency. CONFLICTS OF INTEREST BIC is an advocacy organization targeting the World Bank and the Asia, Africa and Latin American regional banks, as such we have extensive networks of contacts at all of the banks, both among staff, management and the Executive Directors. We do not, however, (as BIC policy) accept any financing from the World Bank, the regional development banks or the US Government, thus avoiding any potential conflicts of interest. NUMBER OF YEARS IN OPERATION LANGUAGES OTHER THAN ENGLISH Spanish & French
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