The Civil Society Review

Governments around the world are failing us. 

As the planet copes with the climate crisis, global inequality, neocolonialism, war, we’re hearing a lot about what politicians are or aren’t doing, and less about the activism, protests, charity work, community-level projects. 

Through interview, translation, and review, we aim to platform brilliant work being ignored, and through research and comment, to highlight the urgent need to reform the means by which civil society can have an impact.


In our first piece for In Conversation, Lilly McKenzie takes us to the streets of Brisbane to offer a different perspective on Black Lives Matter. Walking through the Brisbane Cental Business District (CBD), you hear the roar of the crowd…

Russell Square is a bustling and leafy area in the middle of London. It is home to many great institutions that in their own way represent British history, including the School of Oriental and African Studies, a university founded to…

By Shivangi Kaushik All articles in In Depth have been subject to double-blind academic peer-reviews. The word ‘subject’ has been intentionally used in the title of this article to frame “racialisation” as an essentialising act of power. Racialisation1 here is…

The current zeitgeist over statues in the wake of Black Lives Matter protests should serve as a warning to contemporary 'philanthropists', says Jake Smaje. At the time of writing (the 8th June, 2020), the first sentence of the infamous Edward…

In Review editor Antoinette Nguyen reviews the photography exhibition 'Steve Bloom: Beneath the Surface – South Africa in the seventies' at The Beaney, Canterbury  Three amazingly vivid, oversized, strikingly melancholic portraits greet me upon entering this exhibit at The Beaney…

Not only does the imposition of Western cultural and societal norms in the field of OVC care maintain an unhealthy acceptance of a postcolonial imbalance that tacitly undermines local development efforts, it also attacks local customs and culture and leads to damaging psychological effects

In Review is going to be The Civil Society Review's section for reviews: of books, exhibitions, documentaries, relating to civil society and our key focuses. If you'd like to write a review for us, get in touch at [email protected]

In Conversation is going to be The Civil Society Review's interview section. If there's someone you'd like to interview for us, send us an email at [email protected]

This is a translation for Oxford Omnia by Ky Nam Nguyen of an article on the Vietnamese news site, originally published in Vietnamese on 29th September 2019. Why Ky Nam thinks this article is important; 'though he didn't mention…

This is a translation for Oxford Omnia by Ky Nam Nguyen of an article on the Vietnamese news site, originally published in Vietnamese on 25th September 2019. Why Ky Nam thinks this article is important; 'Vietnam and China have…

About The CSR

The Civil Society Review is a new, progressive online media platform for research, news, and comment concerning global politics and development, with a focus on the role of civil society. Showcasing original academic research alongside a carefully curated selection of foreign media translated in English for the first time, as well as book reviews, opinion pieces and featured interviews, The Civil Society Review aims to unite different audiences who care about the improvement and protection of civil society around the world – for free! Welcome to the site, and please take a minute to read about our parent charity, Oxford Omnia International, via the link above. 

Latest In Opinion

In Opinion is The CSR’s space for comment writing. Never scared to speak truth to power, our pieces on Aung San Suu Kyi earned us an interview with the BBC.

Our space for original research and longer-form pieces. All writing in our In Depth section is double-blind-peer-reviewed by our team of academics.


Our space for interviews, with people around the world whose voices we’d like to platform.


Latest In Review

Our space for reviews of books, exhibitions and events related to development and human rights, especially when relevant to the role of civil society.


In Translation is a unique project of The Civil Society Review: our team of translators and editors handpick news stories from foreign language media that we want to platform to an international audience, and translate them into English with a link to the original article.

If you’d like to write or translate for the Civil Society Review, email [email protected], or visit Our People for the individual emails of the section editors.