HP122 - Civil society initiatives promoting solidarity in constrained settings
Convened by Tiina Kontinen (University of Jyväskylä, Finland), Marianne Millstein (Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway) and Kees Biekart (Institute of Social Studies (ISS), the Netherlands)

A vibrant civil society enhances solidarity, social justice, and peace. However, civil society initiatives often encounter severe limitations. Solidarity networks sometimes function in a way that may counter conventional (Western) conceptualizations of civil society. The panel therefore explores how civil society initiatives are locally conceptualized and realized in a variety of authoritarian, conflict-affected and fragile contexts. Through localized and contextualized notions of civil society, the panel seeks to understand the dynamics of civic-driven change in non-democratic settings, realized by formal and established organizations as well as by informal initiatives.

The panel is organized by the EADI Working Group Citizenship and Civil Society in Development. The aim is to publish the papers of this panel, together with papers from the July 2020 webinar, in an edited volume of the EADI Global Development series with Palgrave publishers.