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Challenging Participatory Governance in the Pacific Region: Experiences from the CIVICUS PG Project

Introduction The Pacific Islands are made up of 22 countries and territories with relatively small population sizes and unique governance systems. Traditional authorities, civil society and the church have historically played instrumental roles in the development of communities...
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Tracking the Growth of Organised Community Philanthropy: Is it the missing piece in community development?

Summary It’s time the mainstream development sector listened more closely to the voices – quiet, passionate, credible and deeply-rooted – of local community philanthropy. These small institutions are routinely overlooked by large donors, but they are an essential part of...
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Official Donors’ Engagement with Civil Society: Key Issues in 2012

Introduction For over a decade, a number of donors who are members of the Organisation for Economic Development and Cooperation (OECD) Development Assistance Committee (DAC) have been gathering informally to discuss the subject of civil society. Originally dubbed...
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Silencing Voices and Dissent in Canada

Summary In the past six years, civil society in Canada has witnessed a broad and deep decline in the space afforded to organisations working on the progressive side of the policy agenda. Since 2010, Voices-Voix, a Canadian civil society organisation (CSO) coalition has been...
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The rights of persons with disabilities: promoting full and equal participation

It is estimated that over one billion people, 15 percent of the world’s population, have some form of disability.[1] Further, “the World Health Survey estimates give a female prevalence of disability nearly 60 percent higher than that for males.”[2] The increasing rate of...
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