Engaging Civil Society

Emerging Trends in Democratic Governance

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The rapid pace of globalization has led to the increasing interdependence of member states of the United Nations to achieve sustainable development objectives, including the eradication of extreme poverty, environmental protection, access to basic services and livelihoods and the promotion of economic growth and opportunities. The book attempts to examine the changing roles of civil society in global and national governance. It identifies factors that influence the effectiveness of civil society in promoting democratic governance by addressing how the rapid pace of globalization has increased the interdependence of governments, the private sector, and civil society organizations.



Civil society, policy dialogue and democratic change in Bangladesh

Civil society remains a multifaceted concept which is built up by a broad range of constituencies driven by a variety of objectives. This chapter seeks to delimit its scope by focusing on the role of civil society organizations (CSOs) in influencing the policy discourse in Bangladesh. Traditionally, civil society initiatives originated in the activism of specific interest groups committed to promoting more parochial agendas. This chapter, however, draws upon the contemporary move towards engaging civil society in the design and oversight of public policy as part of a process of promoting more accountable and transparent governance. The chapter largely draws upon the experience of the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), Dhaka, which is a well-known think-tank in Bangladesh and across South Asia.


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