July 2012

Civil Society: A Resource for Peace

In this presentation and subsequent panel discussion, I shall refer to the term “role of civil societies” as the function or responsibility of the other stakeholders outside government and business.’s 21st Century Lexicon defines civil society as 1) the aggregate of non-governmental organizations and institutions that manifest interests and will of citizens or 2) individuals and organizations in a society which are independent of the government. It is also referred to as a “third sector,” distinct from government and business.

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11-11-11. Hanneke van Eklik Thieme, regional office coordinator, and Kris Vanslambrouck, partner relations coordinator, both of the Belgian group 11-11-11, talk with Sendong survivors at a camp in Barangay Indahag. (Photo by Pinky Fabe)

Belgian group helps Sendong survivors to deal with disasters

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Belgian visitors belonging to an international organization calling itself 11-11-11 visited Balay Mindanaw early in June and sat with some Sendong survivors and their support groups from civil society organizations to map out plans and programs on how to further help the survivors as well as make the communities resilient to the impact of climate change-induced and man-made disasters.

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