Civil Society Study Group
The Civil Society Study Group explores intersections of interdisciplinary research into the policy and praxis of development globally and locally. The Study Group consists of a network of academics, development practitioners, and social workers within and outside of Ireland.
The group is interested in highlighting development issues in which civil society activists from community-based organisations across the North-South binary are engaged in. The role of international non-government organisations (INGOs) and its continuance (or discontinuance) is another debate of interest to the group. In an interconnected world does the responsibility of development lie locally, or not? Should INGOs scan own organisations with the lens of a human rights-based approach before enforcing it on others? And finally, which forms of solidarity and cooperation can change organisational structures that continue existing forms of inequalities?
Taking forward the mandate of earlier events, the current study group encourages collaborative projects between community-based organisations, academics, and ordinary citizens to debate on development issues ranging from basic income, human rights, migration, poverty and inequalities based on gender and ethnicities. We organise and facilitate workshops and seminars on development issues of interest to all, and plan to submit a thematic paper on the significance of an active civil society in the development process before the 2019 annual conference.
The convenor of this group is Dr Nita Mishra, Researcher at UCC. If you have an idea you wish to share, or are interested in joining the Study Group, please email Nita at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Latest Updates - News, Views & Events:
- August Event and Resource - Transformative Civil Society Action - Development Practitioners’ Talk
- June 2020 Event and Resource - Webinar: Coping Strategies of NGOs during COVID-19 and Discussion Document
- June 2020 Event and Resource - Webinar: Do We Still Need Non Government Organisations? and Discussion Document
- May 2020 Video: A snapshot of discussions from our recent workshop
- April 2020 Resource: Linking the Local with the Global: Workshop Summary
- Feb 2020 Event: Linking the local with the global: Ireland-based CSOs address development issues
- May 2019 Update: The Dochas Annual Conference - Finding Our Voice: How Civil Society is Countering Uncertainty
Image: Community-based organisation (Adivasi Ekta Sangh), Forest Rights Act activist, and an INGO (Action-Aid) worker in Martalaba hamlet of Koraput, Odisha, India
Nita Mishra DSAI Chair
Dr Nita Mishra is a reflective development researcher, practitioner, and occasional lecturer in International Development. Her research focuses on human rights-based approaches to development, feminist methodologies, community-based organisations and peace studies.
Nita has worked on research projects with National Council of Applied Economic Research, Nehru Memorial Museum Library, Self Employed Women’s Association and the International Labour Organisation in India. Her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as the Economic & Political Weekly, European Journal of Development Research, and Policy & Practice. She is currently engaged as a Researcher on a Coalesce project focusing on social inclusion of rural to urban migrants in Hanoi, Vietnam. She is also a widely published poet whose poems have been critically acclaimed as the future of Irish feminism.
Nita works extensively at grassroots level with civil society organisations, faith-based organisations, and funding bodies. She sits on the Board of Directors of Children’s Rights Alliance, is national coordinator of Academics Stand Against Poverty-Irish Network and is a participatory member of several community-based organisations.
Chair of DSAI Steering Committee, Dr Nita Mishra also convenes the DSAI Civil Society Study Group.