Independent commission needed to address civil society challenges

Helmut K. Anheier offers policy proposal for G20 policymakers.

Helmut K. Anheier, President and Professor of Sociology, has published a Policy Brief for G20 policymakers, “Civil Society Challenged: Towards an Enabling Policy Environment”, co-authored by Jack H. Knott of the University of Southern California and John Burns of The University of Hong Kong.

“The authors propose to initiate a process for the establishment of an independent high-level commission of eminent persons (i) to examine the changing policy environment for civil society organizations in many countries, (ii) to review the reasons behind the shrinking space civil society encounters in some parts of the world and its steady development in others, and (iii) to make concrete proposals for how G20 countries and civil society can relate in productive ways in national and international contexts.”

Continue reading the Policy Brief here.

This Policy Brief is published by Think20 (T20) Germany, a research and policy advice network for the G20, consisting of research institutes and think tanks from the G20 countries. During Germany’s G20 presidency in 2016/2017, the T20 develops policy recommendations, which are published as Policy Briefs on the G20 Insights Platform.

Recommendations are made by Task Forces broken up into nine thematic categories: The 2030 Agenda, Climate Policy and Finance, Global Inequality and Social Cohesion, Forced Migration, Global Tax Cooperation, Toward Ending Hunger and Sustainable Agriculture, Trade and Investment, Financial Resilience, Digitalisation and Africa.

Anheier is the co-chair of the “Global Inequality and Social Cohesion” Task Force.

Mark Hallerberg, Professor of Public Management and Political Economy, will also contribute a forthcoming Policy Brief as co-chair of the “Global Tax Cooperation” Task Force.

More information about the Hertie School’s G20 Insights recommendations can be found here.