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Civil Society discusses agenda before BRICS CSO Forum

Oct 03, 2016

The meeting saw representation of civil society organizations from Brazil, Russia, China, South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Bangladesh among other countries.

New Delhi: Voluntary sector with relation to the multilateral grouping’s cooperation agenda. The Prelude meeting was a stocktaking deliberation that solicits responses and concerns from grass root development organizations to be accommodated in the mandate of ‘BRICS CSO Forum’ convening on the 3th-4th October 2016.

The meeting saw representation of civil society organizations from Brazil, Russia, China, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Philippines, Argentina and Nepal. From India -researchers, think tanks, Aid organizations and Indian grass root organizations participated to provide their inputs.

Sachin Chaturvedi, Director-General of Research in Information Systems, a think tank of the Ministry of External Affairs spoke on “the need for creating alternative narratives of development and not acquiescing to the stated paradigms when it comes to the launch of the National Development Bank.

BRICS countries were cohesively fused on accentuating economic growth through greater cooperation; however the intent behind the creation of the National Development Bank and other institutions such as the Agricultural Research Centre had to be premised on socio- economic development”. Prof. Anuradha Chenoy, SIS, JNU and Chair of Forum for Indian Development Cooperation said that “multiple discourses emerged for the BRICS but exploring cross-sectoral convergences were important as multilateralism of BRICS was not limited to Government-Government interaction but came out in robustly through People-People relationship”.

Dr Axel Herniet-Sievers, India Director of Heinrich Boell Foundation opined that BRICS was an “answer to the growing unipolar world and hence developing economies came with a ‘South-South’ alignment to address equitable growth balanced with development”.

Harsh Jaitli, CEO, Voluntary Action Network India said that the BRICS was important not only for deepening economic relations but to also pitch civil issues to find cogent solutions through civil society partnerships as there is a disconnect between international issues and domestic realities.  Matthew Cherian, Chief Executive of HelpAge and Chairperson, VANI stated that public policy formulation in BRICS had to take cognizance of civil society innovations to enhance its diversity and inclusiveness.

The meeting also saw country presentations of BRICS and other countries with naunced focus on Financial Reforms, Poverty, Food Security and the National Development Bank coupled with civil society restrictions in different countries.

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