|Civil Society @ Crossroads|
CIVIL SOCIETY @ CROSSROADS was a joint initiative between CDRA (South Africa), EASUN (Tanzania), INTRAC (UK), PSO (The Netherlands), ICD (Uruguay) and PRIA (India) aimed at creating and sharing knowledge on and about civil society around the world that would be helpful to both practitioners and policy makers alike. A global synthesis document was published based on civil society stories from 16 countries.
The main findings of this report were:
During 2012, when the Civil Society @Crossroads Project engaged us, the World Economic Forum hired KPMG International (an accounting firm) to also prepare a report on the future of civil society (http://www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_FutureRoleCivilSociety_Report_2013.pdf) (it was discussed at their recent meet in January 2013). Some of the findings about changing roles and resources are not very different. The WEF document has also reinforced the significance of citizen mobilisation and action at the grass-roots. It is interesting, however, that KPMG argues for a more networked approach to partnerships between civil society and private business. It bases its arguments on the prediction that private business will be the main driver of social development in 2030; social entrepreneurship and social investments will be the dominant patterns in civil society under this scenario.
It will be interesting to see what steps governments take based on the implications for policy makers from these two documents, and how civil society practitioners respond to these.
A number of other products were also published (you can see all of them at http://www.pria.org/civil-society-at-crossroads-/2451).