Global Commons: Issues, Concerns and Strategies presents a comprehensive international perspective on the global commons—natural resource domains that are not subject to national jurisdictions and are accessible to all nations. These include the oceans, atmosphere and outer space, and specific locations such as Antarctica. Due to their critical importance in maintaining human lives and livelihoods, and their vulnerability to depletion, the collaborative preservation of the global commons is of great relevance to all human communities.  Leading world powers, such as France, are increasingly adopting environmental policies as key to their functioning as democracies. After the Paris Climate Conference, there has been a spurt in cooperation between major nations, such as France and India, in the fight against climate change. This book provides exhaustive coverage of all the major facets of preservation of the global commons. It will, therefore, prove indispensable to all stakeholders in a new, just and sustainable world order.

Civil Society: Positing the Role of NGOs in Depoliticizing Political Action

Civil society: Positing the role of ngos in depoliticizing political action
Arsha V. Sathyan

Introduction

In achieving the goals of sustainable development, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and civil society are looked upon as essential stakeholders in governance at the regional, national and global levels. This chapter is based on an action research1 on Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA)2 conducted in a rural village called Dudhera in Bamhani Panchayat of Samnapur block under the Dindori District of Madhya Pradesh.

The MGNREGA is a law enacted in 2005 and implemented in 2006. The primary aim of this Act is to provide at least 100 days of guaranteed wage employment in a ...

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