A scholar of humanitarianism sums up what she saw on the ground during a five-week research trip to Poznań, Lublin, Warsaw, Krakow and several smaller cities along the Poland-Ukraine border.
Ghana’s civil society has contributed to taming the power of a strong state.
The guilty verdict on Blaise Compaoré should be celebrated as a landmark victory for democracy and peoples’ movements in Africa.
The scale of the Guptas’ rapaciousness meant that, within just a few years, the institutions they leeched were in a state of collapse.
The willingness of the executive to pre-empt criticism by amending COVID regulations has arguably strengthened its position.
These organisations are ideally placed to contribute their fine-grained local knowledge. They intimately understand the specific needs of the most vulnerable in their communities.
South Africa’s public sector works somewhat better than those of most other middle-income countries. Yet, unlike them, it has not managed to achieve gains in the midst of messiness.
In this moment of crisis, South Africa urgently needs decisive action. But all too often South Africans of all political stripes seem trapped in stale discourses.
A UN working group on cybersecurity is making incremental progress in highlighting the importance of including and protecting civilians.
How can democratic nations help fledgling democracies and others struggling against the tide of autocrats?
A social scientist argues that in the absence of strong government action, people took it upon themselves to work out conduct to stem the spread of virus.
Indonesia’s Legal Aid Institute (LBH) has become an icon of Indonesian civil society and a staunch defender of the public interest.
There is a growing lament in Australia that politicians let us down. But the lesson from the pandemic is that we, the people, have the power to change our economy and politics for a better future.
India’s civil society, which for the past 30 years has been critical of India’s water policies, now has the opportunity to drive the policy recommendations for water management.
Politicians and law enforcement engage in uncivil behaviour that undermines democratic society. Civility is a pre-requisite for empathy, and is essential for difficult conversations.
Civil society activists responding to the COVID-19 social crisis face important challenges and tensions. They should tackle these choices head-on as they develop longer-term plans.
Omar al-Bashir may be gone but Sudan still has a way to go before it enjoys a functioning democracy.
The creation of links with twin towns can challenge governments and show solidarity.
Deeply divisive issues like Brexit are seeping into the way people interact with one another, undermining trust and tolerance of others.
By placing less emphasis on public opinion, and questioning public morality as the basis of its decision, the latest High Court decision shows that times have indeed changed.