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A learn of the overseas NGO advocacy for social and environmental justice, it seems on the primary problems with legitimacy, responsibility and democracy that such actions contain and the way they're manifested. It offers case stories on alternate matters, labour rights, extractive industries and indigenous humans in Asia and South the USA.
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The trip helped convince the US and other world leaders that debt cancellation could have a dramatically beneﬁcial effect on millions of vulnerable people, and could be an effective ﬁrst step towards the elimination of chronic poverty. The campaign did not achieve its ultimate goal of a debt-free Millennium, but something over US$100 billion of debt has been cancelled for 20 or so countries. However hundreds of billions of dollars of debt still remain, and the campaign continues. Since 2000, the Jubilee debt campaign has continued to be a major force in the movement to cancel international debt, with chapters in a number of countries around the world working together to inﬂuence the governments of Northern nations as well as the World Bank and International Monetary Fund.
But this leaves the question of how to ensure this, of how an organization like Oxfam can demonstrate this. Does their involvement with the poor through their grassroots programmes give them sufﬁcient legitimacy? How do they ensure that the positions they are advocating are sensitive to the views of the poor, given that the poor do not speak with one voice, and are not an undifferentiated mass with the same interests and aspirations? These and other questions are addressed in the case studies later in this book.
Burdon (2001) ‘Jubilee 2000: Citizen action across the North-South divide’, in M. Edwards and J. Gaventa (eds) (2001), Global Citizen Action (Boulder CO, USA: Lynne Rienner Publishers). 15 J. Clark (2003) Worlds Apart. Civil Society and the Battle for Ethical Globalisation (Bloomﬁeld, CT, USA: Kumarian Press) p. 104. 16 M. Keck and K. Sikkink (1998) Activists Beyond Borders (Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press) pp. 18–25. org date accessed June 2008. 18 Correspondence from Overseas Private Investment Corporation to the Freeport-McMoran mining company, cited in the shareholders’ resolution by the Seattle Mennonite Church, April 1997.