The Global Economic Crisis and Its Impact on Civil Society Organizations

Side-Event to the Fourth High-Level Dialogue on Financing for Development

Tuesday, March 23, 2010, 1:15 pm – 2:45 pm
New York, United Nations Headquarters
In the run-up to the Fourth High-Level Dialogue on Financing for Development, the FES and the Chilean Mission host a panel discussion on the impact of the global crisis on CSOs worldwide and the constituencies that they serve.  This survey, supported by the UN-Department of Economic and Social Affairs, was undertaken in 2009 to assess the impact of the crisis on CSOs around the world and on the constituencies that they serve.  Altogether, 640 CSOs worldwide contributed to the study, which provides new insights into regional differences in response to the crisis, and–for those experiencing drops in revenue–strategies they are adopting in order to cope.  The study also reveals different strategies to strengthen the social-service delivery capacities of CSOs during periods of crises.

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