Combating poverty? Let's empower civil society

    Multilateralism that puts the interest of the poor at the center is what the world needs, writes Stephen Hale of Oxfam. And he does not think the rise of the BRICS makes the cut.

    Hale, Oxfam International’s deputy advocacy and campaigns director, said that while the need for a global decisive action to meet challenges in, say, the economy, food security and climate change has never been clearer, political leaders appear “unable to articulate and deliver bold and imaginative solutions.” The blame is almost always pinned on the global economic crisis.

    So what should nongovernmental organizations like Oxfam have to do to make a difference among the poor?

    Hale said NGOs should increase their focus on empowering civil society and seize opportunities to make a difference beyond a single issue. For example, by focusing on strengthening civil society in Africa, NGOs can secure consistent implementation of decisions made by the African Union.

    In addition, Hale said NGOs should “keep the faith” but be more selective about the issues and “moments” where they can make a difference.

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    About the author

    • Jenny Lei Ravelo

      Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.