ForumCiv believes in the vital role of civil society in contributing to the fulfillment of human rights, particularly by focusing on non-discrimination and active popular participation that makes democracy possible. We prioritize placing rights-holders as actors of change who are capable of making their free choices and have agency in creating the changes they want to see.

Consequently, our work is guided by Rights-Based Approach, Do No Harm framework and Development Perspectives.

Through a Rights-Based Approach, we focused on:

  • ensuring meaningful participation of rights-holders in implementing, monitoring, and evaluating a given initiative. 
  • advocating for non-discrimination to ensure equal access to rights for all individuals, regardless of their gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, nationality, race, ethnicity, class, disability, age, among others, have full access to their rights.
  • identifying where accountability lies. This means acknowledging who has the responsibility for protecting and fulfilling the rights of the rights-holders. As well as who is responsible for actions done against its citizens.
  • promoting transparency as a key democratic component in governance and partnerships between rights-holders, civil society organizations, duty-bearers, and other relevant actors. In other words, we advocate for honest and proper management of public resources and the provision of public information from state bodies and private entities that manage fiscal resources and/or natural resources in a truthful, timely, understandable, and reliable manner.

Applying the Do No Harm framework means that ForumCiv acknowledges its impact within the context(s) of operation. We understand that the details of our interventions are crucial, and every action will have consequences.

How do we apply it?

  • Conducting context analysis to better understand the factors influencing the problems addressed by ForumCiv and its partners. This helps identify risks and necessary measures to prevent harm.
  • Applying the principles of the Rights-Based Approach.
  • Challenging discriminatory structures to promote resource and power redistribution, aiding individuals and groups in overcoming systematic disadvantages.
  • Working towards environmental and climate justice.
  • Promoting the creation of safe dialogue spaces between rights-holders, duty-bearers, and stakeholders. This facilitates collaborative addressing of community concerns and offers opportunities for conflict transformation and peace-building processes.
  • Considering the dimensions of Multidimensional Poverty Analysis.

Our development perspectives

Gender equality is a human rights and power issue. Achieving gender equality is a matter of ensuring a just and equitable access and distribution of influence, resources and opportunities within society. It is a pre-condition for sustainable development from a Rights-Based Approach and Do No Harm framework.

At ForumCiv, we apply a Gender equality and equity perspective to understand what produces gender inequalities, discriminatory practices, power dynamics, and power structures within the organization and in a specific context. Assess the implications of any planned actions, including legislation, policies or programs, in any area and at all levels. Include the concerns and experiences of different people as an essential part of the design, implementation, monitoring, and assessment of policies and programs in all political, economic, and social spheres. Identify and/or design strategies and mechanisms to help all people, regardless of their sex assigned at birth, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, to access, influence, and exercise control over their rights, lives, resources, and democratic processes.

In this way, gender can effectively mainstream into all aspects of an organization’s strategies, initiatives, culture, systems and operations, contributing to all people, regardless of their sexual orientation and gender identity and expression, accessing, influencing and exercising control over their rights, lives, resources and democratic processes.

Also, we use an intersectional approach in our gender equality and equity perspective.

What is intersectionality?

An intersectional perspective helps us see how different forms of oppression, such as based on nationality, race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, political ideology, or religion, are interconnected and exacerbate each other. It allows us to understand power dynamics and work towards changing them. ForumCiv employs an intersectional analysis to better understand the complexity of people's lives and create more effective interventions.

Conflict is a complex issue that requires a sensitive approach but is also an opportunity for development and cooperation. Within a society, violence is not always physical but can also manifest itself in cultural attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors that justify structural discrimination. This leads to some groups being granted privilege whilst others are oppressed. Women, girls, and LGBTIQ+ people are particularly affected by conflict, as they are often not well represented in peacebuilding processes.

At ForumCiv we apply a Conflict sensitivity and transformation perspective to ensure that our operations and interventions understand the different dynamics of the context; monitoring and evaluating the quality of our actions so we can reduce the risk for rights-holders in situations of risk for conflict, ongoing conflict and post-conflict; carrying out multiple stakeholder analyses in all its work, different societal stakeholders can play crucial roles in conflict and its transformation; supporting rights-holders in their work for changing discriminatory structures, addressing the attitudes, behaviours and beliefs that led to those structures; transforming those negative attitudes into a collaboration aiming to strengthen democracy and human rights.

We are in an ecological and climate emergency in which those who least contributed suffer the most. Environmental and Climate justice is a race and gender issue, it is an equity and equality issue. As a result of our man-made, exploitative systems, resources and power are unequally distributed.

Applying the Environmental and Climate Justice perspective implies conducting context analyses to identify the distribution of burdens of the climate crisis, access to territories and biodiversity, transport and trade systems, and livelihood conditions affecting rights-holders; recognizing how climate change can exacerbate inequitable social conditions, affecting the least responsible and those with less capacity and resources to deal with the impacts of the climate crisis; analyzing the level and type of rights holders' participation in the environmental and climate decision-making process directly involving them; and assessing the right-holders' capacities (freedom and power to act) to fulfill their needs and enjoy their fundamental rights.

Video resources

Integrating conflict sensitivity and Do-No-Harm in programmes

Ingela Andersson, Sida's policy Specialist in Peace and Security shares Sida's experiences and challenges in integrating conflict sensitivity and Do-No-Harm in programmes.

Best practices in the Swedish Partnership Programme

A digital L.E.A.R.N session about best practices and challenges in integrating ForumCiv’s development perspectives in a practical way.

Best practices in our Regional Offices

A discussion and reflection on the experiences and challenges related to integrating and mainstreaming ForumCiv's development perspectives in our regional offices. 

How does climate change impact peace and security?

Researchers from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) present findings from their recently published Environment of Peace report. 

Development perspective and Right(s) Way Forward

Practical examples of the Rights-based approach and our development perspectives using the Right(s) Way Forward methodology.

Glocal Voices 2: Gender based violence in the context of Covid-19

In this second Glocal Voices webinar, we will talk about how civil society is coping with the effects of the Covid-19 crisis on gender issues and mainly on gender-based violence, in Europe, West Africa, and Latin America.

Glocal Voices 3: Conflict and Climate

The third webinar in the Glocal Voices series focuses on how climate change contributes to conflict. What does this mean for communities on the ground? How are communities around the world responding to this growing challenge – that seems to only be accelerating?

Glocal voices: What does pride mean to you?

International LGBTQI+ Pride Day has been celebrated for more than fifty years. But why is it celebrated? On July 5 we invited LGBTQI activists to talk about their struggle for social acceptance in Colombia, Argentina, Kenya and Myanmar.

Glocal Voices: "The right to decide"

Bringin local voices to a global context, commemorating International Safe Abortion Day.

Gender aspects on violence: Perspectives from the Eastern Partnership region and Russia

On the 3rd of November, 2021, the Swedish EaP Network organised an online webinar to highlight the risks of gender-based violence in the Eastern Partnership region and Russia and what methods and actors that exist to combat this violence.

Elected to lead – A webinar on women and democracy

Women's political participation and leadership have paved the way for many important reforms for gender equality and justice. The Hunger Project Sweden and ForumCiv invite you to a conversation on women’s political participation, representation and leadership - in Sweden and the world.

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