Forewordfrom the President
© Broederlijk Delen
In 2018, the president of CIDSE was my predecessor Eamonn Meehan who led our organisation for an exciting year full of activities but marked specially by COP24 in Katowice, Poland.
It was a big moment for our sustainable lifestyles campaign “Change for The Planet – Care for the People” as a unique time and place in which to unite our volunteers.
Many of them spoke later of their time in Katowice as a turning point for them – how it was the first time they attended a political demonstration for climate, or they heard a moving story that opened them to a new perspective on the issue.
The volunteers also attended our public premiere of our new documentary “Energy to Change”, which connects the dots on personal engagement with integral ecology and the systemic changes we need to see in our energy systems.
Last spring, we also organised our first Systemic Change Forum in Leuven (Belgium). This merging of minds and hearts kicked off a fresh exploration of our core objective of global justice: to envision a new world with a system that addresses interlinked crises with holistic solutions to answer the cries of the earth and the poor.
All our priorities ran at full speed ahead: we launched a multimedia project on agroecology, carried out a directors’ visit to Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory. We continued to develop our approach to gender equality, and to put forward innovative proposals for addressing energy poverty and climate mitigation and resilience.
With our strong presence and engagement at the World Social Forum and the Thematic Social Forum on mining and extractives, we continued to explore with social movements how we can best support and amplify their inspiring work.
Our advocacy work in the field of business and human rights continued to rely on direct lobbying, but also to explore the use of storytelling through the testimonials of people affected by transnational corporations who seek justice in a context of corporate impunity.
We hope you will enjoy the new format of this annual report and invite you to read about our activities, achievements and ambitions!
Looking forward to working with you in 2019.
Director, BroederlijkDelen (Belgium)
Best of 2018
Areas of Work
Business and Human Rights
corporate accountability and justice especially at UN and EU levels.
Alternatives to extractives
Israel & the occupied Palestinian territory
CIDSE and EuroMed Rights sent a joint letter to Federica Mogherini, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy to draw the European Union’s attention on the imminent demolition of the Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran in Israel.
Resilient food systems
Change for the Planet - Care for the People
Investor-State Dispute Settlement
CIDSE strategic plan 2016-2021
Launch ‘Save the Amazon, She will Save You’
Release of the new CIDSE website
‘Our Common Home’ youth camp, UK
5th session of the UN
UN Binding Treaty negotiations,
46th session of the
Committee on World Food Security, Rome
Governance structures and finance
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
- President: Lieve Herijgers (Broederlijk Delen)
- Members: Patrick Godar (partage.lu), Msgr. Pirmin Spiegel (MISEREOR), Alistair Dutton (SCIAF)
- Ecclesiastical Assistant: Mgr. A. Tesfaselassie Medhin (Eparchy of Adigrat/Ethiopia)
- Treasurer: Derk Maarten Johannes (Cordaid)
- Secretary General: Josianne Gauthier
The Ecclesiastical Assistant, the Treasurer Secretary and the General are non-voting members.
In 2017, a two-year grant agreement was signed with the KR Foundation in favour of the ‘Change for the Planet – Care for the People’ campaign. CIDSE is grateful to the KR Foundation for their financial support.
CIDSE core expenditure 2018
Advocacy and events
Administration and secretariat
The CIDSE Secretariat also coordinates the following projects:
Israel-occupied Palestinian territory
‘Change for the Planet – Care for the People’ campaign
Enhancing capacities for coordinated advocacy for sustainable development
WHO WE ARE
We work for a society based on social, economic and gender equality and solidarity, where the economy is at the service of society and functions within planetary boundaries. We aim at a fairer share of and limits in the use of global resources, and democratized governance where people regain control over their choices in economies based on the commons.
We work for reforms with transformative potential: to move away from fossil fuels and extractivism, to limit global temperature rise below 1.5 degrees, to promote the right to food and agroecology, to regulate business to enforce human rights,to secure sustainable finance and fair wealth distribution, to support local communities to speak for themselves, to confront gender inequalities, and to enable sustainable ways of living.
To make this happen we contribute to global movements and alliances of change, promote peoples’ solutions and alternatives and advocate at the international level.
CIDSE brings together 18 member organisations from Europe and North America.
England and Wales
SECRETARIAT STAFF (August 2019)
- Societal and ecological transformation
- Communities regaining control over the commons
- Facing climate change: just and sustainable food and energy models
- Change starts with us
CIDSE Management Team
Finance and Administrative Assistant
Anya Frances Verkamp
Digital Communications Officer
Policy Officer Israel-Occupied Palestinian Territory
Land Rights Officer
Climate & Agriculture and Food Sovereignty Officer
Sylvia Obregon Quiroz
Corporate Regulation and Extractives Officer
Saïd Ben Seddik
Technician and Programmer, Office Maintenance
Gender Equality & Systemic Change Officer
Communications and Administrative Assistant
External Funding Officer
Marta Isabel González
Media and Communications Officer
Office Administration and Logistics Assistant
Campaign’s Project Assistant
During 2018, CIDSE paid farewell to Eamonn Meehan, former Director of Trócaire (Ireland) and former CIDSE President, as well as to Heidi Höok and Agnieszka Burda. CIDSE thanks them for their valuable contributions to our work.
Wim Hendrix, Finance Consultant
Bea Lambrecht, Human Resources Consultant