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.
If you have an idea you wish to share, or are interested in joining the Study Group, please email the Convenor, Dr Nita Mishra, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Image: Community-based organisation (Adivasi Ekta Sangh), Forest Rights Act activist, and an INGO (Action-Aid) worker in Martalaba hamlet of Koraput, Odisha, India
Dr Nita Mishra is a Researcher for an IRC Coalesce project on Social Inclusion (focusing on rural migrants in Vietnam) at University College Cork. She is an occasional lecturer on gender, food, and rights-based approaches to development in Irish universities. She has extensive work experience in the Indian sub-continent as a researcher, academic, and development practitioner.
Dr Mishra was awarded the Strategic Research Fund Award by the UCC Vice President's Office in 2014-2015 for crosscutting research (published in peer-reviewed journals) in the politics of Poverty, Human Rights, Environment and Sustainable Development. Her poetry, critically acclaimed, is widely published, and discussed in classrooms. She is the national Coordinator of Academics Stand Against Poverty-Irish Network (ASAP-Irish Network); member of Working Groups (Inclusion, and Nutrition) of the Irish Forum for International Agricultural Development (IFIAD); and a member of other civil society groups.