The Regional Centre for Strategic Studies in collaboration with GPPAC South Asia hosted Vijay Krishnarayan, the Director of the Commonwealth Foundation, at a roundtable discussion forum titled "Participatory Governance in the Commonwealth: The Role of Civil Society" on 22 October 2013.
Mr. Krishnarayan addressed various civil society organisations on the importance of civil society particpation in Commonwealth processes, its present scope and future potential. Following this the floor was opened for disucssion.
Members discussed the present challenges to participation in the People's Forum and deliberated on other national level issues of concern around the upcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Sri Lanka. Participants included GPPAC South Asia members, former diplomats and United Nations personnel, current heads of NGOs, lawyers, youth coordinators of the Commonwealth Youth Forum and World Youth Forum and Students.
As part of the network strengthening programme for 2013, the South Asia Regional Secretariat, the Regional Centre for Strategic Studies (RCSS,) held a series of meetings and discussions with key civil society organisations, media personnel and political representatives in Bangladesh and the Maldives. The Bangladesh meetings took place from 18-20 November 2013. This was followed by network strengthening meetings with key stakeholders in the Maldives from the 8-9 December 2013.
The purpose of the meetings was to expand the membership of the network in the region and to provide publicity for the work carried out by GPPAC. This provided an important opportunity for the Regional Secretariat to identify ongoing trends and conflict indicators to determine where GPPAC intervention and action is possible and useful within these national contexts.