Since the beginning of 2018, Linkando has worked closely with the Argentinian W20 team to create a digital platform that facilitates dialog and collaboration of up to 300 delegates from the countries of the G20. W20, an official engagement group of the G20, is an international network that connects civil society organizations, the business sector, associations and think tanks on Gender Equality & Inclusion. Its objective is to influence decision-making groups and the leaders of the G20 to carry out policies towards gender equality, accompanying the goal of advocating for more prosperous and inclusive societies.
The Linkando platform offers a wide variety of collaboration forms, from private conversations, to group conversations to comprehensive workspaces that promote networking and topical discussion among W20 members. Knowledge and results generated (ideas, experiences, documents) as well as the recommendations that have been elaborated will be preserved when the host country changes. The continuity of the projects will contribute to a more sustainable contribution to the achievement of the G20 objectives.
Susana Balbo, Chair of W20 Argentina 2018, confirms: „Linkando is the perfect platform for us, because it has enabled us to implement a digital ecosystem for cross-border collaboration to carry on our international dialogue process. With the platform we create a legacy as we ensure the continuation of the W20 dialogue process. Our successors and partners can seamlessly tie in with our collaborative work.”
Ilga Gröschel, Managing Director of Linkando adds: „We are happy to support the digital communication and collaboration of the W20 Engagement Group with our platform. In doing so, we make our contribution to the success of the W20 activities and further the continuous engagement around "Women Empowerment.”
The W20 Dialogue Process supported by Linkando comprises an intensive and multi-level dialogue on an international level. The focus topics of the W20 dialogue process are divided up into 4 work groups: Labor Inclusion, Financial Inclusion, Digital Inclusion and Rural Inclusion. The joint elaboration and formulation of a W20 communiqué and implementation plan are a central task of the W20 dialogue. The aim of the international delegates' cooperation is to integrate different perspectives, experiences and challenges at national, global and digital level, in order to promote the objectives and their implementation in the G20 community of states. These core recommendations of the W20 are currently being drafted with the help of the Linkando Collaboration Platform. The digital dialogue process will be complemented by workshops, conferences and delegates meetings in different countries.
In early October 2018, the current dialogue process will culminate in the presentation of a joint communiqué and implementation plan to the Argentinian government representatives of the G20 in Buenos Aires.
The decisions of the G20 can provide important impulses for binding agreements at the level of the United Nations. For example, the joint elaboration and formulation of the W20 communiqué in Argentina may also influence the United Nations 2030 agenda and their 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular SDG # 5 (Gender Equality) and SDG # 10 (Reduced Inequalities).