Civil Society

 
Civil organisations can help, but they also need help
Civil organisations can help, but they also need help
POVERTYDespite democracy, the Eastern Cape province remains trapped in structural poverty but a recent study brings the good news that civil...
South Africa has work to do to make government more accountable
South Africa has work to do to make government more accountable
The South African government completed its term as lead-chair of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) in December 2016. The partnership is an...
‘Horrendous’ state of schools for the blind in the spotlight
‘Horrendous’ state of schools for the blind in the spotlight
The "paltry state of education" for blind and partially sighted children in South Africa is depriving them of quality education, despite policies...
Malawians demand more from their government
Malawians demand more from their government
Civil society organisations in Malawi have given the government a 100-day ultimatum to end the financial and governance challenges the country is...
Editorial: Civil groups can socialise state into action
Editorial: Civil groups can socialise state into action
A few years ago, South African Communist Party leader Jeremy Cronin published a piece in the party's organ in which he expressed hostility towards...
Civil society is our best way to check misrule
Civil society is our best way to check misrule
Political accountability is not simply a product of good leaders and appropriate institutional designs. These are important elements, but they...
SA still in the dark over nuke money
SA still in the dark over nuke money
The government appears intent on hitching its star to a big nuclear wagon, despite serious misgivings within its own ranks over whether the need...
Civil society must hold governments to account
Civil society must hold governments to account
In late March, the executive director of the Institute for Democracy in Africa (Idasa), Paul Graham, announced that the venerable South African...
Yes, NGOs seek publicity and recourse to law
Yes, NGOs seek publicity and recourse to law
In the Daily Maverick, the online newspaper, a government official argued that his department had "been taken to court to further the...
Skilling the non-profit sector
Skilling the non-profit sector
South African civil society has reached a crossroads. Non-profit organisations are facing a serious funding crisis, many have been forced to close...
Emergence of the new struggle
Emergence of the new struggle
The old joke is that Trotskyites are outnumbered by their opinions.
[Slideshow]Acting Up: A Portrait of Russian Society
[Slideshow]Acting Up: A Portrait of Russian Society
One of the biggest changes in Russia since the Soviet Union's collapse is the emergence of an active civil society.

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