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Role of civil Society actors from the Rising Powers in advocating for the adoption of social and environmental safeguards; national debates on aid and development cooperation; accountability.

About rising powers and civil society

Many of the Rising Power countries have an active and dynamic Civil Society, although the degree to which this is accepted by their governments varies. Civil Society actors and activists have had an important role in shaping many of the innovative social policies for which countries such as Brazil and India are well-known for. Civil Society actors from the Rising Powers often have a strong tradition in promoting rights, and are becoming increasingly aware of their role in advocating for the adoption of social and environmental safeguards as their governments and private sector expand into the African continent and beyond. At the same time, they also have a role in stimulating national debates on aid and development cooperation, and promoting the need for accountability. This section examines the role of Civil Society from the Rising Powers.

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