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 Organisation in Civil Society: The Effects on Poverty

Global Organisation in Civil Society: The Effects on Poverty

Global organisation in civil society: The effects on poverty
Jan AartScholte and JillTimms


The ‘global’ in global civil society can mean many things. However, a global quality of civil society is commonly taken to entail inter alia an organisational infrastructure that encompasses widely dispersed locations across the planet. In this sense civil society is ‘global’ when an association of citizens comprises offices and affiliates that span multiple countries on several continents. On these lines Amnesty International (AI) is global for having branches in over 80 countries; the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) is global for having affiliates in 155 countries; and the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation (UNPO) is global for encompassing representative bodies of 57 groups on ...

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