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Civil Society

Mali and the Primacy of Civil Authority

Christopher Holshek | Posted 07.28.2013 | World
Christopher Holshek

While it's also not clear the elections or MINUSMA will bring peace or more conflict to Mali, there seems to be a longer learning curve at work on peace and security in Africa.

Compassionate vs. Casino Capitalism: Moderation or the Wild West

Mitchell J. Rabin | Posted 07.22.2013 | Business
Mitchell J. Rabin

It shouldn't be a surprise to anyone that "casino capitalism" is one of the very worst and lowest expressions of the human spirit. In human civilization, we have achieved some of the most extraordinary acts of love, art and heroism for millennia.

Kenya Balancing Act: Human Rights, Civil Society, Neo-Colonialism, and Democracy

Daniel Ben-Horin | Posted 07.13.2013 | World
Daniel Ben-Horin

The drama plays out of whether or not Kenyatta and Ruto will appear in the Hague. The balance between repudiating colonialism and protecting human rights is infinitely tricky. We must get it right.

Community Leaders Central to Effective HIV Response

Sonal Mehta | Posted 07.06.2013 | Impact
Sonal Mehta

Strong community leaders are key to the global HIV response and to bringing the epidemic under control, and yet international donors sometimes underestimate the importance of ownership of a program at a local level.

We Decide How to Share Gains

Stan Sorscher | Posted 07.02.2013 | Business
Stan Sorscher

We can rehabilitate a Social Contract that connects us. With a restored self-image, we can reverse Citizens United, rebalance our political process, and find trade policies that serve society as a whole.

Shared Prosperity Needs More Face to Face Engagement, Not Just Online

Mehrunisa Qayyum | Posted 06.26.2013 | World
Mehrunisa Qayyum

I am not saying that they do not exist, but one may wonder why the UAE, Palestine, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Algeria, and Jordan did not have civil society organization representatives participating.

Salam Fayyad: Emerging as he Exits

Ziad J. Asali, M.D. | Posted 06.22.2013 | World
Ziad J. Asali, M.D.

Fayyad will soon have to decide how to pursue his vision in practice. Can he turn his credibility into votes and electability, assuming elections are held? Can, or will he be allowed to, build an independent political movement, assuming he wants to do that?

World Health Day: A Collaborative Partnership With Civil Society Is Needed

Amb. Ufuk Gokcen | Posted 04.08.2013 | Religion
Amb. Ufuk Gokcen

Singularly combating specific diseases will not lead to widespread access to healthcare or eradication of diseases like polio or tuberculosis. This is particularly true in developing countries due to complexities of the challenges involved.

Civil Society Development and Its Discontents

Maryam Abolfazli | Posted 06.05.2013 | World
Maryam Abolfazli

"Are there any other groups similar to yours that also work with women and political participation in Yemen?" I asked. "Well to be honest, every grou...

Embodying a New Era: Models for NGOs in the 21st Century

Tim Lehmann | Posted 05.06.2013 | Impact
Tim Lehmann

Today's era is unique in its trend of disruptive technologies, new tools-driven objectives of single purpose ventures, and emerging social movements. These are the trends to which NGOs need to develop a response.

'I Have a Right to a Toilet -- It's Human Dignity'

Jayaseelan Naidoo | Posted 04.06.2013 | Impact
Jayaseelan Naidoo

I am in the Mukuru Kwa Reuben slum, one of the largest in Nairobi. No-one knows how many people live here. But rough estimates put it at over 600,000 people, across 13 sections, the majority living in corrugated iron shacks measuring 10X10 feet.

Strengthening the Middle Class in Emerging Democracies

Fron Nahzi | Posted 04.02.2013 | Impact
Fron Nahzi

The international aid community responds to familiar challenges, as they have for the past 20 years, with the same programs combining trainings and grants. One reason these programs have not yielded the intended results is that they have overlooked the importance of education.

'Right to Work' Weakens Democracy

Stan Sorscher | Posted 03.11.2013 | Politics
Stan Sorscher

We all know that those politicians who would gladly vote for "right to work" in Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan don't really care about workers' rights. Right to work takes away the workers democratic right decide what terms they want to negotiate into their contract.

Remember, Remember the 29th of December

Freedom House | Posted 03.04.2013 | World
Freedom House

The success or failure of Egypt's transition will have a significant effect on the rest of the Arab world, and the country's current economic, social, and political challenges are all but overwhelming.

The Best and Worst Human Rights Developments of 2012

Freedom House | Posted 03.02.2013 | World
Freedom House

As 2012 winds down, it is time again to reflect on the year’s human rights developments. How did the world do following an eventful 2011?

The Time Is Now

David A. Schwartz | Posted 02.13.2013 | Politics
David A. Schwartz

All violence is tragic, even when it's necessary, and regardless of whether or not it occurs on a small or large scale, or if it happens today or if it happened last year, the correct time to discuss it is always now.

The Aesthetics of Civil Society

Vince Carducci | Posted 02.03.2013 | Arts
Vince Carducci

University of Illinois Chicago political scientist Kelly LeRoux and co-author Anna Bernadska recently published a study that shows a positive correlation between participation in the arts and engagement with civil society.

What If We Did Trade Right?

Stan Sorscher | Posted 01.29.2013 | Business
Stan Sorscher

Everyone I know is in favor of trade done right. But global trade agreements go overboard in protecting investor rights.

Threats to Civil Society Are Rising Rapidly

Frank Vogl | Posted 11.26.2012 | World
Frank Vogl

The vice is tightening in one country after another on activists for human rights, political reform, freedom of speech, and anti-corruption.

The Bottom Line? Zero TB Deaths -- NOW

Kolleen Bouchane | Posted 01.20.2013 | Impact
Kolleen Bouchane

Though many have worked tirelessly for years, sometimes in a movement you hit a spot where things suddenly accelerate. And for the TB posse, that moment is now.

Georgian CSOs at the Crossroads

Fron Nahzi | Posted 01.06.2013 | World
Fron Nahzi

On October 1st, following a hotly contested election campaign, Georgia witnessed a peaceful transition of power for the first time in its history.

After Attack, Apathy Not on the Agenda for Lebanese Youth

Common Ground News Service | Posted 01.04.2013 | World
Common Ground News Service

The recent bombing in Beirut shocked Lebanon and marked yet another chilling episode of tension in the country. Lebanese are sick and tired of violence, and many are disillusioned by the actions of rival political factions.

Can Non-State Service Delivery Undermine Governments?

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 12.31.2012 | World
Otaviano Canuto

Whether it is in the U.S. presidential election campaign or as a result of the debt crisis in Europe, people on both sides of the Atlantic are debating the role of the state. Do we need more government or less of it?

Is Halloween Good or Bad for Civil Society?

Elizabeth Marquardt | Posted 12.30.2012 | Parents
Elizabeth Marquardt

Halloween is the only time of year that dozens and dozens of children knock on my door. The only time that I see or meet many of my neighbors.

Protecting Embattled Civil Society

Mandeep Tiwana | Posted 12.18.2012 | World
Mandeep Tiwana

Around the globe, mounting evidence indicates that the international community is failing in its responsibility to ensure the conditions necessary for civil society activists to conduct their work freely, without fear of retaliation from the government or other actors.