I write to update you on the policy brief “Civil Society Challenged: Towards an Enabling Policy Environment”, which I co-authored with my colleagues and fellow deans Jack Knott (University of Southern California) and John Burns (University of Hong Kong), and also to share some good news.
As you may recall, the brief was submitted among many others to the T20 Global Solutions Summit in Berlin at the end of May, attended by over 1,000 policy experts and government officials from the G20 countries and beyond.
The good news is that the policy brief was not only published in March by Think20 (T20) Germany, but submitted directly to the G20 in the summary, “20 Solution Proposals for the G20“. In other words, the central briefing paper for the G20 leaders when they will meet for the July summit will have a passage on civil society and the challenges it faces in many member states.
Furthermore, I was asked to produce a more in-depth paper that will be published in a new series, “G20 Policy Papers,” in the e-journal Economics. But the most important development is that we are in contact with the Argentinian G20 team to make sure that the topic will be carried over into the next presidency and the preparatory meetings that will take place soon. To this effect, we will constitute an international working group of researchers and experts to strengthen the case for coordinated action to prevent any further shrinking of national and international space for civil society.
You’ll find further information on my policy brief on our website.
I look forward to keeping you informed, and I would be grateful to receive any feedback or suggestions you might have.
Helmut K. Anheier