These are some of the views and reports relevant to our readers that caught our attention this week.
From Poverty to Power (Oxfam)
What does the future hold for civil society organization?
"I’ve been struggling to make sense of the changing landscape for civil society organizations, North and South, and could do with your help. Here are some initial thoughts, but please send in your own, plus useful references:
One door opens, another shuts
There are contradictory and ambiguous trends for civil society at national and global levels. On the plus side:
- Growing size, strength and sophistication at national level and globally of CSOs of all shapes, sizes and coalitions. (For an example, see previous post on the Global Campaign for Education)
- Recognition from other actors (international institutions, aid donors, TNCs) of the importance of CSOs as partners and stakeholders"