Kumi Naidoo

Secretary General

CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation

Kumi Naidoo has been CIVICUS Secretary General since 1998. Kumi has a long history of involvement in the non-governmental sector and was previously Executive Director of the South African NGO Coalition (SANGOCO), Executive Director of the National Literacy Cooperation of South Africa, as well as a director of the Independent Electoral Commission and the South African Committee for Higher Education Trust. He was active in the anti-apartheid struggle in his native South Africa and has also worked variously as a researcher, journalist, university lecturer and youth counsellor. Kumi is a Rhodes Scholar with a D.Phil in Politics from Magdalen College, Oxford. He also holds a BA in Politics and Law from the University of Durban-Westville, South Africa. He has published and spoken widely on issues relating to civil society, education and resistance to apartheid. He was appointed by the UN Secretary General to the Panel of Eminent Persons on UN Civil Society Relations. CIVICUS has been playing an active role in uniting civil society organisations around the MDGs and to develop a common advocacy agenda around the MDGs. As a result of this work, Kumi chaired the International Facilitation Group of the Global Call to Action Against Poverty, a group that planned joint civil society mobilisations around trade, debt, aid and demands to national governments in 2005.

Focus: Development, Gender, Poverty, Africa

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Last Updated: Sep 22, 2006

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