Civil Society

On the Brink of a Revolution in Social Entrepreneurship

Helen Stephenson | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK Politics
Helen Stephenson

Social enterprise - sustainable businesses that exist for more than simply profit - is not a new concept, but their recent growth is. There are now 180,000 social enterprises in the UK and sector contributes at least £55bn to the economy.

Cyprus Talks Re-Started: Will The New Hopes Survive The Old Methods?

Yeshim Harris | Posted 28.02.2014 | UK Politics
Yeshim Harris

After a long break, a new round of talks has started again in Cyprus. Both communities are busy preparing their negotiation teams; their politicians and leaders are discussing their shared views and remaining differences; and external stakeholders are looking on with very visible interest...

Asa Bennett

MP Blasts Coalition's 'Pernicious Lie' To Young People

HuffingtonPost.com | Asa Bennett | Posted 20.02.2014 | UK Politics

Coalition ministers have "badly let down" young people looking for other career options like taking an apprenticeship instead of going to university, ...

Lobbying Bill Is a Pernicious Attack on Our Freedoms

Melanie Ward | Posted 16.03.2014 | UK Politics
Melanie Ward

The Bill would massively restrict the amount that campaigning charities and other UK community groups could spend in the year before an election whilst silencing us with unnecessary red tape. And if you're wondering why US-style funding systems don't yet exist in the UK, it's because they're already illegal.

Bring Back National Service! - The Lazy Generation Is Over

Kevin Godlington | Posted 13.03.2014 | UK
Kevin Godlington

This is the cry we have heard from the mouths of our old folk, usually when 'the youth of today' have enraged them. However, hold your scorn at the title, more than ever there are strong and compelling reasons to consider bringing back National Service. It might be a solution to a number of our social problems...

Critiquing Electoral Democracy: The Case for Looking Beyond the Ballot Box

Harry Shotton | Posted 13.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Harry Shotton

Relying solely on the ballot box will not fulfil the democratic ideal of a legitimate government by the people and for the people. Election results in both Egypt and the UK demonstrate the need for the political process to be anchored much more in a highly participatory civil society, with high levels of ongoing social engagement both before and after elections.

Stop Blaming Our Young People...

Kevin Godlington | Posted 05.11.2013 | UK Politics
Kevin Godlington

I read this week that the minister for Civil Society, Nick Hurd was getting some heat for daring to mention that young people today perhaps lack the "grit" of yesteryear, necessary to find jobs and succeed in life. He was referring to the Neets, a subject close to my heart, those young people Not in Education Employment or Training. So is he right?

'Young People Lack Grit And Self-Control For Work'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 21.08.2013 | UK

Tory minister Nick Hurd has been accused of "blaming young people for failing to get a job" after warning that many had been found to lack the "grit" ...

Deal or No Deal: Why Cyprus Remains Divided

Charles Trew | Posted 25.09.2013 | UK Politics
Charles Trew

For more than 50 years, the island has been unsettled: with periods of violence in the past, there is a now a kind of 'frozen conflict'. The two main communities on the island live apart and a wall separates Greek Cypriots in the south from Turkish Cypriots in the north. Nicosia remains the only divided capital in the world since the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Russia's Cold War on Human Rights

Allan Hogarth | Posted 15.09.2013 | UK Politics
Allan Hogarth

The Russian authorities, it appears, are fighting an internal 'Cold War'. It's a war of attrition and containment that has seen civil society attacked through the introduction of legislation aimed to restrict their activities... This onslaught on human rights shows no signs of abating and it's time the international community took this seriously.

Education Is Indispensible in Tackling Gender Inequality

Sir George Alleyne | Posted 06.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Sir George Alleyne

Education will give women a greater ability to contribute to the economy, it will help them set up their own businesses, climb the corporate ladder and increase their representation in politics. Access to the education asset is essential in tackling gender inequality and multinational corporations have a proactive role to play.

Civil Society in Perilous Muslim Democracies

Muhammad Abdul Bari | Posted 14.04.2013 | UK Politics
Muhammad Abdul Bari

Civil society works as the eyes and ears of a nation: it must be politically conscious, but neutral or at least non-partisan. A forceful civil society defends the weak from the strong and poor from the rich; strengthening it is a continuous and creative endeavour and its successful continuity should never be taken for granted.

A Paradigm Shift in Social Outcomes Through Collaboration Not Competition

John Tizard | Posted 18.03.2013 | UK Politics
John Tizard

Collaborate will be a hub of new ideas, ground breaking policies and leading-edge practice; a centre of leadership and skills development; and a forum for conversation, debate and problem-solving between the business, social and public sectors.

It's Time for the Leadership of the Voluntary and Community Sectors to Find Their Voice

John Tizard | Posted 03.03.2013 | UK Politics
John Tizard

The hope and confidence that the government's commitment to the 'Big Society' offered to the VCS in 2010 has ebbed away to be replaced by a cynical dismissal of what now seems to have been little more than rhetoric rather than an substantial set of policies.

Egypt's Chaotic Politics: What Lessons for Others?

Muhammad Abdul Bari | Posted 28.02.2013 | UK Politics
Muhammad Abdul Bari

Failure of politics in a country can happen due to autocracy, oligarchy, a weak central government or fragile democracy. Whatever the reasons, the result is seriously damaging, leading to probable political, social and economic meltdown.

Building Indian Civil Society

Sachin Sachdeva | Posted 05.02.2013 | UK Politics
Sachin Sachdeva

The long-running debate over whether or not the UK should give state aid to India appears to have been settled with Justine Greening's announcement that the Department for International Development will cease sending money to India from 2015.

Feeding the Russian Opposition

Jeffrey Gedmin | Posted 06.02.2013 | UK
Jeffrey Gedmin

How do you change things? Patiently. You invest in people. You build communities around liberal ideas. You nourish dissent. Happy 20th anniversary, Moscow School of Political Studies.

Afghan Civil Society Calls for a 'Just Peace' in Bonn

Lisa Schirch | Posted 13.02.2012 | UK
Lisa Schirch

Bonn, Germany - Bonn's Beethoven Hall usually hosts violin, cello and bass players. From 2-3 December the stage supported Afghan engineers, university...

The Gravest Development of Our Time

Peter Kellow | Posted 26.09.2011 | UK
Peter Kellow

The financial crisis that broke in 2008 is far from over. It is moving through different phases with different policy initiatives - all of them (print...