The annual Global Civil Society Yearbooks provide an indispensable guide to global civil society or civic participation and action around the world. The 2009 Yearbook explores the framings, strategies, and impacts of a range of actors on poverty and its alleviation. The overarching question is to whether such actors, in pressing for poverty alleviation actually achieve anything/empower the poor, or simply aid wealthy states in maintaining the status quo. The contributors are diverse, including scholars and practitioners from India, America, the UK, Australia, Thailand, and Mali.

The Global Civil Society Yearbook remains the standard work on all aspects of contemporary global civil society for activists, practitioners, students, and academics alike. It is essential reading for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the key actors, forms, and manifestations of global civil society around the world today.

Global Civil Society Forums and Poverty

Global Civil Society Forums and Poverty

Global civil society forums and poverty
Jan AartScholte, RenateBloem, RichardSamans, KumiNaidoo, Chantana BanpasirichoteWungaeo, VirginiaVargas, Barry AminataTouré and ChandanSengupta


Jan AartScholte

In assessing, as this edition of the Yearbook does, how globally oriented, globally organised and globally active civil society affects poverty, one prominent subsidiary question is the role played by forums of global civil society. Contemporary history has witnessed a multiplication and growth of venues where citizen associations convene to deliberate about global affairs. These gatherings of civil society actors have become a regular and at times highly visible feature of global politics in the early twenty-first century. However, do these initiatives make an impact on the concrete conditions of people's lives, particularly in relation to poverty? That is the core concern ...

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