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Civil Society and Global Finance

As mentioned in the last CSGR Newsletter, the Centre has teamed up with the United Nations University (UNU) in a study of civil society and global finance. The project is considering how civil society has and/or can become involved in global finance and how this involvement may contribute to and/or detract from effective, equitable and democratic operations of global finance. This investigation has become all the more timely in the light of recent events in Seattle and Davos.

The participants in the project bring a wealth of experience from diverse perspectives on this question. The core group includes Gemma Adaba of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions, Nancy Birdsall of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Ralph Bryant of the Brookings Institution, Sandra Cesilini and John Clark of the World Bank, Manuel Chiriboga of the Latin American Association of Advocacy Organisations, Thomas Dawson of the International Monetary Fund, Ishac Diwan of the World Bank Institute, Barry Herman of the United Nations Secretariat, Inge Kaul and Kamal Malhotra of the United Nations Development Programme, Jenny Kimmis of Oxfam, Keith Muhakanizi of the Government of Uganda, James Orr of the Bretton Woods Committee, Nodari Simonia of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Irene van Staveren of Women in Development Europe, Alison Van Rooy of the North-South Institute and Yu Yongding of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. Coordinators of the project are Jan Aart Scholte for CSGR and Albrecht Schnabel for UNU.

The project team will meet at the Scarman House conference facility of the University of Warwick on 29-31 March 2000. The proceedings will be opened by Sir Shridath Ramphal, Chancellor of the University and Co-Chair of the Commission on Global Governance. In subsequent workshop sessions the contributors will discuss draft chapters for an eventual report and book. The meeting will further benefit from the input of invited guests from inter alia the British Government, the Bank for International Settlements, and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.

The project report will be completed during the rest of the year 2000. It is planned that the findings will be presented in the autumn at United Nations headquarters in New York and IMF headquarters in Washington. A book will follow in due course.




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Jan Aart Scholte, "Global Civil Society: Changing the World?", CSGR Working Paper 31/99, May 1999, Abstract, Full Document PDF icon

Jan Aart Scholte with Robert O'Brien and Marc Williams, "The WTO and Civil Society", CSGR Working Paper 14/98, July 1998, Abstract, Full Document PDF icon