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Northern countries continue to harm the South and East, despite being dependent on them. In the past Southern civil society taught Northern counterparts, organisations and networks provided links between and within the three regions. But now the South has lost its unity, NGOs and groups are losing their way, state and legal structures and civil society can’t keep pace with global changes, and Southern governments are wary of assertion. This article explains how these negative changes have come about and how they may be reversed. Northern civil society carries ultimate responsibility for shaping a new social and economic order, for the South to emulate.

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