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Dr Danny Sriskandarajah

Secretary general

Danny has been secretary general and CEO of CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation since January 2013. Previous roles include director of the Royal Commonwealth Society, interim director of the Commonwealth Foundation, and deputy director of the Institute for Public Policy Research.

Danny is the author of numerous reports and academic articles on international migration and economic development, and writes and appears regularly in the media on a range of topics. He sits on several boards, including those of the Baring Foundation, International Alert and Ockenden International, and has been a consultant to several international organisations.

He holds a degree from the University of Sydney, and an MPhil and DPhil from the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. In 2012, he was honoured by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader.

Twitter: @civicusSG


5 Priorities for Civil Society in 2016

Five big things that civil society needs to pay attention to in 2016

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Global goals: a chance to hold power accountable and to disrupt

If we use them right, the SDGs will be fantastic tools to empower and enable

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Danny Sriskandarajah connects civil society, governance and social change in Africa

A local focus: the citizen's role in changing global development patterns


19 November 2015
Only a tiny amount of funding goes directly to grassroots NGOs, which is undermining progress towards truly sustainable development.

Conference sessions

Implement Session
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We look at the challenges and reasons for making the World Humanitarian Summit's "Grand Bargain" a reality.



Mon, 03/20/2017 -
14:15 to 15:45
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Aya Chebbi talks about how her experience of the civil protests in Tunisia inspired her to bring together youth civil society organisations across Africa, and Dr Danny Sriskandarajah discusses how we rise to the challenges of organising civil society across the globe.



Mon, 02/29/2016 -
09:30 to 10:30

This "in conversation" session explores whether successful Sustainable Development Goal negotiations and the potential of a new climate deal mean a new results-driven approach.



Mon, 02/29/2016 -
11:15 to 13:00