Global Agenda Council on the Role of Civil Society 2012-2014
A duality currently defines civil society. On the one hand, civil society is more vibrant and dynamic than ever, with social movements emerging in different parts of the world, and in spontaneous, online forums on issues ranging from air quality and women’s rights to corruption. Politicians and private-sector leaders are recognizing civil society as an essential ingredient in effective, stable democracy, and as a vital contributor to innovative development solutions.
“The Council is interested in exploring the changing roles of civil society, business and government through the lens of specific issues, and in starting a dialogue with the private and public sectors on practical models of engagement and action on societal problems.”
On the other hand, the enabling environment of civil society is coming under increasing threat worldwide from various restrictive conditions, including legal measures, funding cuts and barriers to assembly, as noted in the State of Civil Society 2013 report from CIVICUS, a global alliance for citizen participation.
What the Council is doing about it
Council has been focusing on this challenge of how civil society can participate more effectually in setting global agendas on, and finding solutions to, societal problems. It also seeks to demonstrate why civil society is essential in all its diversity, not only the formalized elements. In 2013 the Council is embarking on an in-depth analysis of a specific geography, Kenya, and will use a set of case studies to understand how roles and relationships between civil society, business and government are evolving to build a strong social contract.
By sharing knowledge and lessons learned based on specific examples of innovative relationships, the Council aims to draw conclusions that will foster new thinking in other geographical contexts, and in global decision-making processes. The Council is interested in exploring the changing roles of civil society, business and government through the lens of specific issues, and in starting a dialogue with the private and public sectors on practical models of engagement and action on societal problems.
To get involved please contact
Research Analyst: Lisa Ventura, Global Agenda Councils, firstname.lastname@example.org
Council Manager: Alexandra Lopoukhine, Senior Community Manager, Civil Society Organizations and Global Leadership Fellow, Alexandra.Lopoukhine@weforum.org
Forum Lead: Saadia Zahidi, Senior Director, Head of Gender Parity, Human Capital and Constituents, email@example.com
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