Civil Society and Poverty

Solava Ibrahim and David Hulme

in The Oxford Handbook of Civil Society

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780195398571
Published online May 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Civil Society and Poverty


This article explores the achievements of civil society in the area of poverty reduction. It argues that civil society organizations can promote poverty reduction by pushing for macro-level structural changes through advocacy, lobbying the government for policy change at the national level and providing effective services directly to the poor at the grassroots. It highlights the achievement of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in disseminating a politics of hope and an empowering mindset that inspires the poor and helps them to voice their demands.

Keywords: civil society; poverty reduction; advocacy; lobbying; policy change; NGOs; politics of hope; empowering mindset

Article.  5817 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Public Policy ; Public Administration

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