Over the past 60 years, civil society, together with governments, has played an increasingly important role in human development (e.g., poverty alleviation) and human rights.Building on a foundation laid by Gandhi, Badshah Khan and their contemporaries,civil society has recently entered the field of human security (in its narrower meaning of safety/physical security and physical protection of threatened, vulnerable groups and individuals). Much of the creative leadership in setting new global norms in these domains has come from civil society, from visionary pragmatists, individuals with the courage of their conviction that ‘another world is possible’.
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Rolf Carriere is currently Senior Adviser (pro bono) to Nonviolent Peaceforce, and serves of two boards (Millennium Institute in Arlington, VA, and Union of International Associations in Brussels). He worked from 1971 till 2005 with FAO, UNICEF and World Bank, mostly in Asia, where he focused on challenges of ending hunger and malnutrition, maternal mortality reduction, scaling up primary health care, elimination of child labor, trauma recovery and educational reform. His last postings were as UNICEF Country Representative in Bhutan, Burma, Bangladesh and Indonesia. Before retiring in 2005 he served as the first Executive Director of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, a new public-private-peoples partnership aimed at food fortification. A Dutch national, he is a lifelong student of human development, philosophy and spirituality.