David Robinson (New Zealand)

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David Robinson "has been a leading thinker and contributor to the development of global civil society for the past 40 years. He is a Senior Research Associate at the Victoria University Institute of Policy Studies and Director of the New Zealand Social and Civic Policy Institute which promotes the use of deliberation and sustained dialogue in communities dealing with issues marked by dysfunctional relationships."

"David co-chaired the Asia-Pacific Civil Society Forum, and served as vice chair of Australia-New Zealand Third Sector Research. He is an Advisory Council member of the International Centre for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL), has made presentations at ICNL conferences in Asia, Africa, and the South Pacific, and is Project Manager of the Pacific Civil Society Law Programme which is reviewing civil society legislation in the South Pacific. David is a Board Member of CIVICUS World Alliance for Citizen Participation and has participated in each of the CIVICUS World Assemblies, served as a member of panels, and as a workshop leader, as well as contributing to publications. He managed the Civil Society Index pilot in New Zealand and has facilitated discussions on the Index approach in Fiji and Cyprus. David is a Board member of ANGOA, (Association of NGOs of Aotearoa/New Zealand) and Vice-Chair of the Committee for the Study of the Non Profit Sector in New Zealand," a biogrpahical note states.[1]

Robinson a member of the Civicus International Board.[2]

Articles and Resource


  1. Working Group: David Robinson", Commonwealth Foundation, accessed August 2008.
  2. "CIVICUS International Board", Civicus website, accessed August 2008.