Voices from the World Social Forum
Although initiated as a counter-forum to Davos, the World Social Forum has evolved beyond it now, focusing on the root causes of problems facing humanity and developing real alternatives as solutions.
Susan George talks about the illegitimacy of the Davos system, and how the World Social Forum has developed its own agenda in recent years focusing on solutions and alternatives. She gives one example regarding taxation on global financial transactions - and how the money created could be used to invest in a green transition and support for the global south.
2011 World Social Forum in Dakar, Senegal
- Background on 2011 World Social Forum in Dakar, Senegal
- Final declaration of the Assembly of Social Movements
- Photos of the event by TNI
TNI is an active coordinating member of the WSF, and three TNI fellows - Daniel Chavez, Brid Brennan and Susan George participated this year.
In particular, Susan joined the seminar on "Reclaiming Public and Community Water in Africa - Improving water supply through democratization and Public-Public Partnerships (PuPs)" which coincides with the release of the French edition of TNI's flagship joint publication Reclaiming Public Water which is hoped will offer much inspiration to movements and organizations in Francophone Africa struggling for public water service.
Read more about TNI's work on Water Justice >>
Networked Journalist Project in Dakar
TNI also worked with Red Pepper and Institute for the Future to promote key issues raised at the World Social Forum to key international media including the Guardian and the BBC. Below are some of the articles that were published as a result: