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Journal Cover   Cosmopolitan Civil Societies : An Interdisciplinary Journal
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   ISSN (Print) 1837-5391
   Published by University of Technology Sydney Homepage  [7 journals]
  • Development Paths, Problems and Countermeasures of Chinese Civil Society

    • Authors: Chao YE, Jennifer Onyx
      Pages: 1 - 18
      Abstract: Although the process of reform and opening-up accelerates continually in China, the speed of development for Chinese Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) is still slow; most organizations still operate under the government shadow and it is very difficult to cut relations with government. The autonomy of Chinese CSOs, to a large extent, is affected by the constraints from government. Overall, Chinese CSOs are still in their infancy, and they need to be further perfected and developed. The aim of this paper is to present a review of the field, with issues and promise identified. Specifically, the paper focuses on the internal management of these organizations and their existing problems in the development process, and some potential solutions for CSOs’ future development.
      PubDate: 2015-08-14
      Issue No: Vol. 7, No. 2 (2015)
  • Global Financial Crisis and Philanthropy: Malaysian Case

    • Authors: Janice Lay Hui Nga
      Pages: 19 - 31
      Abstract: This paper investigates the issue of the global financial crisis and its impacts on philanthropy and civil society organisations (CSOs) in Malaysia. CSOs are popularly known as non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Malaysia. Financial crisis has caused NGOs in many countries to receive less funding. This situation may threaten and discourage voluntary works. Undoubtedly, these beneficial contributions from the NGOs are needful services to the society. This paper examines the impact of financial crisis through the lens of NGOs and philanthropy activities in Malaysia. It utilises primary and secondary data, employs a mixed method approach, and uses quantitative and qualitative data. While there are many influencing factors in this development, this paper presents several significant aspects in the Malaysian context, including the style and nature of giving, culture, religion, and political pressure. This study attempts to seek potential solutions, pathways and possible approaches beneficial to NGOs and philanthropy activities for their sustainability in facing the financial crisis and its consequences. Experiences and lessons learnt in Malaysia may well be useful and applicable to some extent in other countries.
      PubDate: 2015-08-14
      Issue No: Vol. 7, No. 2 (2015)
  • New Zealand’s Relationship Accord: A case study in the politics of
           cross-sector rapprochement

    • Authors: John R. Butcher
      Pages: 32 - 59
      Abstract: In New Zealand the Clark Labour government (1999-2008) advocated entering into a compact with the country’s community and voluntary sector. However, owing in part to the reticence of New Zealand’s national umbrella organisations, a bilateral framework agreement between government and the sector was never formalised. It was not until May 2011 that a framework document – Kia Tūtahi Standing Together: The Relationship Accord between the Communities of Aotearoa New Zealand and the Government of New Zealand – was ratified by the National Party government led by Prime Minister, John Key, thus marking the culmination of a decade-long national discussion. This paper charts that policy journey and highlights the importance of key political events and the ways in which key policy actors exploited the windows of policy opportunity associated with those events.
      PubDate: 2015-08-14
      Issue No: Vol. 7, No. 2 (2015)
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