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Barbara Smith


Civil Society Organizations in Asia Press for More Open Environment

September 24, 2014


Indonesians have spoken out about a contentious bill to be voted on today that would eliminate direct elections for local mayors and district heads. Leading the charge against the bill, tabled just a month before President-elect Joko Widodo assumes office…


Civil Society Leaders Gather in Seoul for Inaugural Asia Democracy Network Assembly

October 30, 2013


As civil society in Asia has made significant progress over the past several decades, the need for a forum that brings together the major players to focus on key challenges to inclusive and participatory democracy has become increasingly important.