Networks

Here is a list of key networks that TNI works with.

Nyeleni Europe

In recent years, the growth in collective land struggles, consumer-producer networks, community supported agriculture and other initiatives which are putting Food Sovereignty into practice at a local level have emerged.

Some of these different groups and organizations have already established links and networks – and many of them are involved in this Forum. The "FoodSovCAP" network is one example of this.

We want to strengthen these movements, and strengthen the work we do locally, regionally or nationally through supporting and complementing the work of others. Together, we are stronger.

The movment for Food Sovereignty in Europe should also reflect the changes we want in society – and so we see it being based around key values – trust, transparency and participation.

The Nyeleni Europe Forum is a first step – a catalyst for reinforcing our collective objectives, and for helping us to move forward – please, get in contact, and get involved!

Alliance of Progressive Labor (APL)

The Alliance of Progressive Labor (APL) is a “national labor center”. Consistent with its belief in social movement unionism, APL has built itself as a “multi-form center”, drawing into its fold various forms of labor organizations and not just trade unions. In the future, APL sees itself as a singular union structure consolidated along industry and geographical lines.

 

Alter EU

The Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation (ALTER-EU) is a coalition of about 200 civil society groups, trade unions, academics and public affairs firms concerned with the increasing influence exerted by corporate lobbyists on the political agenda in Europe, the resulting loss of democracy in EU decision-making and the postponement, weakening, or blockage even, of urgently needed progress on social, environmental and consumer-protection reforms.

Alternative World Water Forum

The Alternative World Water Forum – in French, the Forum Alternatif Mondial de l’Eau (FAME) – is an open meeting place for reflective thinking, democratic debate of ideas, formulation of proposals, and free exchange of experiences. These discussions may lead to effective action and civil society movements which oppose the water resources be managed using profit logic by capitalistic companies, and even sometimes by public companies. The AWWF stands for ecological, social and citizen-based water management, water resource protection, and proper water distribution among different types of users.

 

Ander Europa

Wij zijn niet tegen “Europa”,  maar … “Europa” is  tegen ons! Dit bewustzijn is stilaan aan het doordringen bij een groeiend aantal  mensen, bij vakbonden en sociale bewegingen. Het  heeft lang geduurd, en is bijlange nog niet sterk genoeg in de geesten aanwezig, en dit om allerlei redenen. Veel Europese beslissingen worden ver van de openbaarheid voorbereid in technocratische comités, ze worden bekrachtigd door ministerraden, al dan niet met instemming van een Europees Parlement, dat ook al weinig bekend is. Als de EU de openbaarheid schuwt, is het ook zo dat de openbaarheid de EU schuwt: “Europa” is geen sexy onderwerp, het levert de media geen spectaculaire beelden of  one-liners op; hoe belangrijk sommige beslissingen ook zijn, je vindt er weinig van terug in je krant of op TV. En als er al mensen en groepen zijn die het belang van de EU onderkennen en erdoor verontrust worden, dan nog lijkt verzet ertegen haast onmogelijk. Alle traditionele politieke partijen, ook de sociaal-democratische,  lijken het roerend eens te zijn over de EU als waarborg voor vrede, sociale vooruitgang en rechtvaardigheid… En zo kon die Europese Unie bijna ongemerkt worden tot wat het nu is: een machtig instrument, een bolwerk van dwingende wetgeving ter behartiging  van privébelangen.

Asia-Europe People’s Forum

AEPF is an interregional network of progressive civil society organisations across Asia and Europe. For the past fourteen years, AEPF has remained the only continuing network linking Asian and European NGOs and social movements. It has assumed the unique function of fostering people's solidarity across the two regions and has become a vehicle for advancing the people's voice within Asia-Europe relations.

Durban Group for Climate Justice

The Durban Group for Climate Justice is an international network of independent organisations, individuals and people's movements who reject the free market approach to climate change. The network is committed to help build a global grassroots movement for climate justice, mobilize communities around the world and pledge solidarity with people opposing carbon trading on the ground.

Ecologistas en Acción

Ecologists in Action is a federation of over 300 environmental groups distributed by towns and cities.Forms part of a social ecology, which means that environmental problems are rooted in a model of production and consumption increasingly globalized, which also derive from other social problems, and to be transformed if we want to avoid the ecological crisis.

This awareness campaigns, public complaints or legal actions against those that harm the environment, while concrete and viable alternatives made in each of the areas in which it operates.

The organization is divided geographically by federations and groups:

Enlazando Alternativas

The bi-regional network Enlazando Alternativas intends to provide a space for articulation by social organisations and movements from both regions with the purpose of constructing alternative proposals of social and economic organisation from the bottom up, as well as to coordinate political and social dialogue between peoples.

ETO Consortium

The ETO Consortium is a network of some 80 human rights related CSOs and academics. ETOs is short for extraterritorial obligations, the human rights obligations of states towards persons outside their territories. These obligations have so far been underused, even though they are crucial for addressing the challenges of globalization. 

European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes

EADI, the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes, is the leading European network in the field of development research and training.

EADI is a Europe-wide network of institutes, researchers and students of various disciplines in the field of development studies. It organises activities and offers facilities for the international exchange of knowledge and experience in the professional field. Its most prominent activity is a General Conference devoted to a topical issue every three years.

Forests and European Resource Network (FERN)

FERN works on climate change, forests and biodiversity, trade and investment, development aid, and forest peoples' rights.

Hemispheric Social Alliance

The Hemispheric Social Alliance is movement of social organisations, networks and sectors from the whole hemisphere of the Americas, from Canada to chile. It was formed to share information, develop strategies and promote joint actions against the proposal for a Free Trade Agreement of the Americas and against other corporate trade agreements. It succeeded in blocking the FTAA and is now pushing for alternative models of integration based on democracy, social justice, support for human rights and wellbeing.

Indigenous Environmental Network

Based in the United States, IEN was formed by grassroots Indigenous peoples and individuals to address environmental and economic justice issues.

Initiative People’s Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms (PAAR)

The People’s Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms is an effort to promote cross-fertilisation of experiences on regional alternatives among social movements and civil society organisations from Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe. It aims to contribute to the understanding of alternative regional integration as a key strategy to struggle against neoliberal globalisation and to broaden the base among key social actors for political debate and action around regional integration.

International Drug Policy Consortium

IDPC is a global network of national and international NGOs that specialise in issues related to illegal and legal drug use. Its members have come together to pool knowledge and contacts to advocate for more humane and effective drug policies at national and international level. IDPC is TNI's main partner in the sense that all our other main partners are part of the consortium as well.

International Planning Committee for Food Sovereignty

The International Planning Committee for Food Sovereignty is an international network that brings together several organizations representing farmers, fisherfolks and small and medium scale farmers, agricultural workers and indigenous peoples, as well as NGOs, providing a common room for mobilization that holds together local struggles and global debate. Therefore the IPC constitutes, on the global level, the only platform aggregating large organized bodies that represent together hundreds of millions of food producers, aiming to play an active role in the debate on global governance and accountability (and effectiveness) of the international institutional architecture in order to support or undermine the ability of national governments to protect the interests of small food producers and consumers. The IPC opens a new path, to broaden the opportunities of political negotiation for people organizations and movements within FAO, with the aim of establishing an effective democracy, not only bringing new social actors right where decisions are taken, but also their contents, working methods and militancy.

International Social Science Council

The International Social Science Council (ISSC) is a membership-based international scientific organisation. The ISSC represents the social, behavioural, and economic sciences at a global level, and aims to bring the best social science to bear on the biggest social challenges of our times.

The ISSC secretariat, based at the UNESCO complex in Paris, is a small group of dedicated professionals who work hard to give the social sciences a voice, and who conduct a select range of activities

Madison Dialogue

The Madison Dialogue is a project that grew out of a major Havens Center conference on the "The New Latin American Left" held in the spring of 2004.

The Dialogue is an ongoing collaboraton and discussion among academics and social and political leaders from Latin America, as well as Europe, Asia and Africa.

 

Networked Politics

Networked Politics is a contribution to the continuing debates and practical experiments concerning new forms of political organisation. It is purpose is to help the activists who act in movements, collectives, associations, parties, trade unions to develop a deeper understanding of the innovations of which we are all a part.

The discussion is pursued along four interrelated lines of inquiry. These examine social movements, including their development of new forms of knowledge and organisation; progressive political parties, and attempts to bring about transformative forms of political representation; the dangers and opportunities facing the development of political institutions in a network society; and the potential of new techno-political tools for facilitating and reconceiving political organisation.