chapter  8
15 Pages

Advocacy, civil society and the state in the Mekong Region

ByPHILIP HIRSCH

There is little awareness, and even less systematic study, of the shift by local NGOs in developing countries from supporting small-scale community development towards advocacy for policy change. NGO advocacy for better development in poorer countries continues to be understood largely as a ‘First World’ or global phenomenon. This chapter explores developing country advocacy within South-East Asia, and specifically within the region known as the Mekong, with particular reference to Thailand.