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Women and Grass Roots Democracy in the Americas: Sustaining the Initiative, 2nd Edition

Dorrit K. Marks, editor
 
ISBN: 978-1-57454-017-8
$25.95
1996/278 pages/LC: 96-9677
Distributed for the North-South Center Press

DESCRIPTION

How can civil society strengthen its influence on that most fragile form of government—democracy? Successful leaders of 31 civic institutions, representing 16 Western Hempishere countries, demonstrate that citizens can indeed have a significant impact on public decisionmaking.

Latin American, Caribbean, and North American women discuss their hard-learned lessons in this accessible, practical volume. To sustain grassroots initiatives, they stress, civic organizations must learn how to broaden their financial support and enhance their planning, advocacy, coalition-building, and fund-raising skills. The contributors also provide strategies for assuring sustainable democracy, holding government accountable, and building consensus for public-policy changes.

This revised edition includes new funding resources and contacts, new educational and training resources, a new chapter on sustainability, and an updated, expanded Women's Civic Network listing. Dorrit Marks, a seasoned civic leader, has enchanced the second edition with many fresh ideas and methods for empowering citizens' groups as they struggle to assert influence on their governments in positive ways.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dorrit Marks is president of DKM Associates, Inc., an international consultancy assisting Latin American governments with economic policy reforms and providing training for nonprofit organizations.

CONTENTS

  • Foreword—A. Moss, Jr..
  • SUSTAINING GRASS ROOTS INITIATIVES.
  • Sustainability: A Challenge for Civil Society Organizations—D. Marks.
  • CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS.
  • Influencing Public Policy; Development and Fund-Raising; Media and Publicity; Priorities—C. Glynn.
  • EFFECTIVE CITIZEN INITIATIVES.
  • CONCIENCIA Argentina—M.R. de Martini.
  • LIBRA Brazil—G.M. Sartori Oricchio.
  • PARTICIPA Chile—M. Jimenez de Barros.
  • CONCIENCIA Peru—E. Silva de Ghersi.
  • BUILDING PUBLIC CONSENSUS.
  • New Political Profiles and Changing Electoral Tendencies in Argentina—G. Coatz-Romer.
  • Creating Consensus for Economic Reforms—S. Marks.
  • Allocating Scarce Financial Resources in Your Community—R.A. Bramson.
  • Appendix: Scaled Comparison: Community Consensus.
  • GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY.
  • Government Accountable to the People—L. LaCivita Nixon.
  • Keeping Government Accountable—N.S. Crispo.
  • Keeping Government Accountable—S. Hayes.
  • WORKING WITH THE MEDIA.
  • Uses of Local Media in Consolidation of Democracy—D. Urban.
  • FUND-RAISING FOR THE NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION.
  • A Development Plan—C. Daugherty.
  • Elements of Writing a Successful Proposal—S. Merrilees.
  • Creating Fund-Raising Consciousness in Latin America—J.F. Yriart.
  • CONSOLIDATING DEMOCRACY IN THE AMERICAS.
  • Achieving Sustainable Linkages for North-South Democratic Cooperation—W.S. Reese.
  • Setting the Agenda: Results and Conclusions—I.A. de Arias Duval.
  • FUNDING RESOURCES.
  • EDUCATIONAL AND TRAINING CONTACTS.
  • CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANIZATIONS.
  • CONTACT LISTS.
  • SPEAKER BIOGRAPHIES.
  • PROGRAM.
  • Consolidation of Democracy in the Americas.