Civic voice dialogue in Commonwealth Ministerial spaces is a critical element of participatory governance on health.
How are we helping
The Foundation promotes constructive engagement as an approach to advocacy by providing spaces for civil society to influence government.
About the project
The Commonwealth Health Ministers Meeting (CHMM) is held every year in Geneva.
The Commonwealth Foundation, in collaboration with the Commonwealth Secretariat and host governments has, where feasible and relevant, convened a Civil Society Forum (CSF) as a pre-conference meeting.
The CSF enables the presence and participation of Commonwealth civil society to put forward a position on issues discussed at the Ministerial meetings with the intention that civil society’s policy asks will be taken on to the World Health Assembly. The Commonwealth Foundation has enabled the participation of civic voices from the margins which includes local leaders, subject experts or representatives of communities impacted by the policy under discussion. The Forum also provides civic actors the opportunity to share good practises and build partnerships on issues impacting diverse constituencies.
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The Foundation is the Commonwealth's agency for civil society. We support people’s participation in democracy and development by providing grants, platforms for civic voices and opportunities for sharing expertise.