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Danny Sriskandarajah
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Dr. Dhananjayan "Danny" Sriskandarajah is the Secretary General of CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, a global network dedicated to strengthening citizen action and civil society throughout the world. Born in Sri Lanka and a national of Australia, Danny lived and worked in the UK for the 15 years before relocating to South Africa with CIVICUS.

Danny is a recognised expert in several areas, including civil society, international migration and economic development. He holds a first class degree from the University of Sydney, and an MPhil and DPhil from the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.

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5 Priorities for Civil Society in 2016

(0) Comments | Posted January 19, 2016 | 1:29 PM

As the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos kicks off, all sorts of people will be making all sorts of predictions about the future. So I thought I would have a go as well. Here are five big things that civil society needs to pay attention to in 2016....

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Marching for a Climate of Solidarity

(1) Comments | Posted December 2, 2015 | 3:05 AM

Over 785,000 people around the world took to the streets this weekend as part of the biggest Global Climate March in history. In over 2300 events across 175 countries people called on leaders to take urgent action to tackle climate change by signing an ambitious climate agreement at the UN...

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What FIFA Can Teach NGOs -- And Vice Versa

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2015 | 4:29 PM

There's one aspect of all the controversy surrounding FIFA that's keeping me awake at night. It's the fact that FIFA is an NGO. I know that sounds a little sad but I do work for the world's largest alliance of civil society, trying to promote all that's good about NGOs....

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Why Global Civil Society Needs to Stand Together

(0) Comments | Posted April 9, 2015 | 2:00 PM

"Civic space? Oh yes, very important -- but actually we're just about to run a big campaign on food/water..."

This is the response I used to get from the CEOs of many large international NGOs when I talked to them about the need to protect the freedoms of civil...

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Big Job, No Rules?

(0) Comments | Posted November 21, 2014 | 3:00 AM

Imagine you're applying for a job. It's quite a big, important job. In fact, if you get it, you'll be the world's top civil servant. You'll report to 193 member states, oversee more than 40,000 staff and thirty separate funds, programmes and agencies. From climate change, to mass atrocities, your...

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Can NGOs Build People's Power or Have We Lost Our Way?

(1) Comments | Posted August 22, 2014 | 2:02 PM

Last week, I co-signed perhaps the most important letter of my career. It was an open provocation to my colleagues, to the members of our organization, to all those who, like me, earn their living in the civil society sector.

CIVICUS, the organization I lead,...

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Fixing the Double Democratic Deficit

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2014 | 2:58 PM

The phrase "double democratic deficit" does not quite roll off the tongue, and nor is it likely to feature on protest placards. Yet, I think this is what is at the heart of so much of the discontent and protest we see around the world.

At the national level, growing...

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Why Restricting Foreign Funding of NGOs Is Wrongheaded

(0) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 11:30 AM

There is a new weapon of choice for governments that want to undermine bits of civil society that irritate them: restricting funding from foreign sources. By making it more difficult for human rights organizations or public watchdogs to access money from abroad, these governments hope to curb dissent and reduce...

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Emancipating Citizen Voice

(2) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 3:11 PM

Last week, I was in Istanbul, staying just off Taksim Square, as police were trying to disrupt protests denouncing a new Turkish law that allows the government to restrict internet rights. Sadly, it seems the Turkish government is not alone. Many governments around the world are trying to clamp...

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