About the Social Development Celebration
The Caucus of Development NGO Networks (CODE-NGO) is the country’s biggest coalition of civil society organizations (CSOs) working for social development in the Philippines, with its 6 national and 6 regional member networks representing more than 2,000 development NGOs, people’s organizations (POs) and cooperatives nationwide. CODE-NGO was established in 1991, with a mission to be a trusted national voice of civil society and to advance the capacities of CSOs to exercise transformative leadership.
Every year, CODE-NGO gathers civil society organizations and their development partners from the government and private sectors from all over the country for the Kasali Ka, Sumali Ka! Social Development Celebration (SDC). The SDC aims to promote the contributions of CSOs to national development and expand the public’s understanding about the work of CSOs in improving the lives of Filipino communities.
This year’s SDC2014 will be held on December 3-5, 2014 at the SMX Convention Centre, SM Lanang, Davao City. It will be co-hosted by the Mindanao Coalition of Development NGO Networks (MINCODE), one of the 12 member networks of CODE-NGO. Themed, “From South to North and From Bottom Up: CSOs Shaping Peace and Resilience”, the event highlights the development initiatives of civil society organizations (CSOs) across the Philippines in building peace and disaster-resilient communities. This year’s theme illustrates that our work as a national coalition of CSOs are grounded from the initiatives and lessons of our members at the local level. Our focus on the two issues of peace and resilience are timely, now that the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) has been signed and the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is being deliberated upon in Congress, and a year after typhoon Yolanda, when lessons should have informed and should be informing Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) efforts of various stakeholders.
Nearly 200 CSO leaders and partners from other sectors (government, academe, business and media) from all over the country will join this event for dialogue, learning exchange and formulation of concrete plans of action from the CSO sector in contributing to peace and development work and the Environment through plenary and learning sessions.
Program of Activities