World Protests 2006-2013
Since last June, I have been part of a research team together with Isabel Ortiz ( @isabel__ortiz ), Sara Burke and Mohamed Berrada. Our research has focused on the analysis of world protests from 2006 to 2013 in a joint project by the Initiative for Policy Dialogue at Columbia University and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung NY Office.
We reviewed 843 protests occurring between January 2006 and July 2013 in 87 countries covering over 90% of world population. Two weeks ago we presented it to activists from around the world and to a selection of UN delegates and representatives of member states working on the Post 2015 framework at the United Nations, urging them to listen to peoples’ demands.
The paper focuses on: (i) major grievances driving world protests (ii) who is demonstrating, what protest methods they use, and who are they opposed to (iii) achievements and repression of social movements in the short term, and (iv) the main policy demands of world demonstrators. In a future post I will introduce you the main conclusions…
I encourage you to read the paper, comment it, distribute it among your contacts and spread the word of the main messages arising from it.
Here the presentation made by Sara Burke, Mohamed Berrada and myself on December 11th at Columbia University:
Here you can find the working paper:
And the executive summary: