The internet helps activists cross borders.
Portland, ME (PRWEB) February 27, 2012
“Democratization NGOs are as much a sign of a global democratic revolution as mass protests,” according to Julie Fisher, author of a forthcoming book called Importing Democracy: The Role of NGOs in South Africa, Tajikistan and Argentina, to be published by the Kettering Foundation later this year. Fisher is the author of two other books about NGOs (nongovernmental organizations) in the Third World. According to Fisher, “the internet helps activists cross borders.”
While the internet has helped create mass political movements in the Middle East, Russia and even the U.S., it has also, according to Fisher, empowered “democratization NGOs” in countries such as South Africa, Tajikistan and Argentina, where activists have already moved beyond protests to create organizations focused on human rights, elections, legal reform, a loyal opposition, as well as political participation through locally-based public discussions or deliberations. In Argentina, for example, Fundacion Ciudad (City Foundation) convened eight successive public deliberations in one very poor urban squatter settlement. The people decided that garbage was their biggest problem and they organized a group of young people to pick it up. With increased support from the garbage company and the provincial government of Buenos Aires, this is now a model for other squatter settlements.
Fisher’s forthcoming book, Importing Democracy: The Role of NGOs in South Africa, Tajikistan and Argentina, will be published by the Kettering Foundation in 2012. It also contains an appendix that focuses on democratization NGOs in fifteen other countries.
Media Contact: Julie Fisher Melton
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