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Chinese aid and new contests over the meaning of human rights in Asia
China’s notion of the ‘right to development’ will increasingly challenge other donors’ emphasis on individual civil and political rights.
VIDEO: Civil Society in Asia 4: International Conference in Melbourne (part 1)
Speakers draw attention to the diverse ways in which civil society operates, the forms it takes, the approaches it embraces, and the effects it has.
INTRODUCTION: Trajectories of Civil Society in Asia
Democratic backsliding is a major concern worldwide and Asia is no exception.
Erosion of democracy? The case of Niseko, Japan
Top-down and centralised regional policy has undermined participation and responsibility at the grassroots level.
Indonesia demonstrates that civil society as a backbone of democracy is a myth
Civil society has failed to defend democratic institutions from being hijacked by reactionary populist politics.