The spontaneous nature of social movements combines groups of people with complementary skills driven towards a shared goal. These social movements have become a prime factor contributing to social change and accountability in the Global South, where community members find innovative ways to bring their rights and concerns to realisation, with the need for government to develop policies that actualise their rights.
As a result, social movements contribute towards the achievement of international development objectives geared towards the promotion of equity and justice.
Nana Afadzinu, Executive Director of WACSI highlights the need for more support to this critical arm of civil society.
“Donor funding in the 21st Century should consider expanding support for non-organized social groups,” she highlights in her article dubbed ‘How international assistance can support social movements in the Global South’. The article, published in the October 2021 edition of Au Courant, a publication of Global Affairs Canada, alludes to the dire need for more support to be allocated to non-organised social groups in the Global South.
While financial support from donors to social movements is indispensable, Afadzinu further alludes to the need for donors to consider providing non-financial support to informal civil society groups in thr Global South.
“International development institutions and donor countries can also consider providing non-financial support for social movements,” she says.
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