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Emerging Civil Society in the Asia Pacific Community: Integrative Survey Report and Conference Report of the Osaka Symposium
Tadashi Yamamoto et al.; preface by Tadashi Yamamoto

While the concept of "Asia Pacific community building" has received much attention in recent years, doubts have emerged that Asia Pacific countries have enough in common to be able to create a true community sense. At first glance, economic interdependence seems to be the only trait holding the countries together. Vast differences in religion, language, history, ethnicity, and ideology in the region threaten to halt community-building efforts. Governments and private companies are not capable of working through these differences on their own. The efforts of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs)—including research institutions and foundations—are indispensable to the building of a community sense in a region that spans such a large geographic area as the Asia Pacific region.

This publication comprises the report of a conference held in Osaka December 11-13, 1994, on the theme "nongovernmental underpinnings of the emerging Asia Pacific regional community," and the integrative report of the country papers covering NGOs, research institutions, and foundations and their prospects for cooperation in 15 Asia Pacific countries. The papers give a brief analysis of the recent growth of civil society in each country, trends in collaborative work across sectors and national boundaries, and opportunities for further cooperation in the building of an Asia Pacific community.

Four appendices list researchers and cooperating organizations and financial institutions, explain the Asia Pacific Philanthropy Consortium, and detail the Osaka symposium.

Chapters

An Asia Pacific "Associational Revolution"?
Tadashi Yamamoto, President, Japan Center for International Exchange
Causes of Recent Development of Nonprofit and Nongovernmental Organizations in Asia Pacific
Tadashi Yamamoto
Emergence of Asia Pacific Networks and Cooperative Relations among NGOs
Tadashi Yamamoto
Emergence of Asia Pacific Networks and Cooperation among Policy Research Institutions
Tadashi Yamamoto
Challenges for Further Development of Nonprofit and Nongovernmental Organizations in Asia Pacific and their Cooperation
Tadashi Yamamoto
Philanthropic Development and Cooperation in Asia Pacific
Tadashi Yamamoto
Development of the "Demand Side" of the Nonprofit Sector in Asia Pacific—Dynamic Growth of NGOs and Research Institutions
Tadashi Yamamoto
Susan Hubbard, Assistant Program Officer, Japan Center for International Exchange
Managing the Relationship with Governments
Tadashi Yamamoto
Susan Hubbard
Asia Pacific Regional Cooperation of Civil Societies
Tadashi Yamamoto
Susan Hubbard
Strengthening the "Supply Side" of Civil Society in Asia Pacific
Tadashi Yamamoto
Susan Hubbard
Future Strategies of Philanthropic Development and Cooperation in Asia Pacific
Tadashi Yamamoto
Susan Hubbard

Tokyo: Japan Center for International Exchange, 1995

|ISBN 4-88907-005-Z; 91 pages; paper

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