Impact of the Global Economic Crisis and Social Integration in Action: Stories from the Grassroots

Side Event to the 54th Commission on the Status of Women

Wednesday, March 10th, 10am – 12pm
Bahai’i International Community, New York
The food, environmental and economic crises have challenged civil society organizations (CSOs) and the communities they serve. A broad-based survey was undertaken in 2009, financially supported by the United Nations Secretariat, that measured the impact of the crises on the operating capacity of CSOs around the world and their expectations as they look ahead. This study examines the current situation of CSOs as indicated by responses from 640 civil society organizations worldwide. It also asks what strategies they are undertaking to cope with a drop in revenue and how they plan to strengthen social-service delivery capacities of CSOs during crisis periods.


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