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Affectedness Alliances : Affected People at the Centre of Transnational Advocacy

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Schramm, Annette ; Sändig, Jan:
Affectedness Alliances : Affected People at the Centre of Transnational Advocacy.
In: Third World Thematics. Vol. 3 (2018) Issue 5-6 . - pp. 664-683.
ISSN 2379-9978
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/23802014.2018.1575767

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Transnational civil society has risen to decrease the gap between citizens’ concerns and global policy-making. Yet, in many governance areas international NGOs (INGOs) have played preponderant roles. According to a common critique, these INGOs have often been too distant from affected populations. In global food security governance, however, we observe that members of affected populations themselves have been at the centre of transnational advocacy networks. This follows in large part from the struggle of agrarian movements, foremost La Vía Campesina, who have promoted the affectedness principle. This principle holds that advocacy should be conducted by affected persons themselves, usually through affected persons’ organisations (APOs). We argue that APOs and INGOs who have internalised this principle have formed ‘affectedness alliances’. Within these coalitions, APOs represent the concerns of affected populations while INGOs act as supporters. We demonstrate these coalitions at the global level with a particular focus on the UN’s Committee on World Food Security (CFS), and in the transnationalisation of a ‘land grabbing’ case from Sierra Leone. This shows how APOs can overcome participation obstacles, take a central role in advocacy networks and make their voices heard, thereby fostering their agency.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Affectedness; civil society; food and agriculture; global governance; NGOs; cooperation
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies > Chair Sociology of Africa > Chair Sociology of Africa - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Jana Hönke
Result of work at the UBT: No
DDC Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 300 Social sciences, sociology and anthropology
300 Social sciences > 320 Political science
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2020 07:43
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2020 07:43
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/56215