This short paper explores the challenges confronting civil society at a time of unprecedented and widely underestimated global change. It contributes to the international debate by setting the scene; by describing some of the key changes; and by looking at ways in which civil society might adapt to them. The paper begins by identifying some of the trends relevant to civil society and delineates the areas which may present a challenge to how civil society and its leadership have operated in recent years.
This paper is a background paper for INTRAC’s ‘Civil society at a new frontier’ conference, December 2011.
Global changes and civil society – background paper for ‘Civil society at a new frontier’ conference