Global Perspectives

Civil society and other sector leaders, innovators and activists from around the world come together once a year to discuss the most pressing global issues and devise strategies together.

Last event: 30 October 2019 – 1 November 2019, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Event focus: Let’s Make Lemonade: Legitimacy and Impact in Times of Scrutiny


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At Global Perspectives 2019 we looked at successful approaches, share successes and failures and devise new approaches, within three pillars:

The Changing Environment

An increasingly authoritarian and right-wing populist political environment is accompanied by growing public scepticism towards civil society. We will highlight and develop new strategies for adapting to this context.

The Role of CSOs

The struggle of many civil society organisations to engage with people, strengthen accountability and build fitting power relations is an ongoing challenge. We will review fresh approaches and new partnership models.

The Unwritten Future

How will trust and legitimacy look in five years? What trends could affect their development? We will examine potential scenarios for the international community and determine pathways to a flourishing global civil society.