[OPE-L] (Fwd) New book: A Political Programme for the WSF?

From: Patrick Bond (pbond@MAIL.NGO.ZA)
Date: Wed Jan 17 2007 - 12:50:24 EST

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CACIM - India Institute for Critical Action : Centre in Movement
cacim@cacim.net, www.cacim.net

CCS - Centre for Civil Society, University of KwaZulu-Natal


Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Press Release

A Political Programme for the World Social Forum ?

The World Social Forum is widely celebrated as an ‘open space’ that has
no clearly defined political programme of its own – other than its
Charter of Principles - but rather provides a relatively free and
undirected space for all those interested in exchanging ideas and
experience about the state of the world, or in developing their own
programmes, to do so.

Over the past some years however, there have been several initiatives
taken either within the World Social Forum or in relation to it that
have either directly proposed or otherwise implied that the WSF – and
more broadly also, the emerging global justice movements - needs to have
a clear political programme. These have included the Calls of Social
Movements issued by the Assembly of Social Movements that have taken
place within all but the first Forum; the so-called ‘Porto Alegre
Manifesto’ issued by nineteen eminent personalities in January 2005; and
most recently, and most strongly perhaps, the Bamako Appeal, issued just
before the polycentric WSF at Bamako, Mali, exactly one year ago in
January 2006.

Some documents have been known to change the world. The Bamako Appeal,
is seen by some to perhaps be one of those; the authors themselves drew
inspiration from the historic Bandung Communiqué in 1955, which
announced the formation of the Non-Aligned Movement, the first time ever
that ‘The South’ had dared take a position independent of the big
powers; and others have compared the Appeal to the Communist Manifesto
drawn up by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels in 1848. In conventional
terms the Bamako Appeal would seem that it could be such a document, as

But we live in different times today, with a historically new political
culture in the making, with a far greater popular and widespread
emphasis on democracy, equality, and horizontality in human relations.
The proposals of the Bamako Appeal, and also of all the other documents
proposing such a programme, have therefore been and continue to be hotly
debated within the WSF. The Bamako Appeal in particular, otherwise very
distinguished, has been subjected to intense criticism and debate in
many parts of the world and online, both in terms of its content but
also of the process by which it was drawn up and has been taken forward.
One of the main issues is the manner in which it appears to be proposing
a political programme for the World Social Forum and for the
still-emerging global social justice movements – but without saying as

In these circumstances, CACIM (the India Institute for Critical Action :
Centre in Movement), based in New Delhi, India, and CCS (the Centre for
Civil Society and the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South
Africa, are hosting a major Workshop at the World Social Forum in
Nairobi on January 21 2007 to carry forward and join this debate at this
Forum, and to mark this occasion have compiled and published a Reader

A Political Programme for the World Social Forum ?
Democracy, Substance and Debate in the Bamako Appeal and the Global
Justice Movements

The Reader has been compiled by Jai Sen and Madhuresh Kumar of CACIM,
together with Patrick Bond of CCS and Peter Waterman of The Hague, The

It brings together some of the more important related such documents in
history, including – aside from the Bamako Appeal itself, together with
its list of signatories - the Communist Manifesto in 1848, the Bandung
Final Communiqué in 1955, two key documents authored by the Zapatistas
(1996 and 2006), the Charter of Principles of the World Social Forum
(2001), and also the so-called ‘Porto Alegre Manifesto’, two of the
‘Calls of Social Movements’ held during the WSF (2002 and 2003) and one
from a related meeting in 2006, an important Women’s Global Charter, and
two communiqués from the Zapatistas of Chiapas in south-eastern Mexico.
Made up of nine sections, the book also includes commentary on several
of these documents, and most particularly a section containing several
detailed commentaries on the Bamako Appeal, by people from different
parts of the world, from India to South Africa to Brazil to Europe and
North America.

The Table of Contents of the Reader is given at the end of this Release.
The full text is available online at www.cacim.net and at www.nu.ac.za/ccs.
The contributors to the Reader include eminent economist Samir Amin of
Cairo and Dakar; Peter Waterman, labour specialist of The Hague; planner
Peter Marcuse of Columbia University, New York; Dorothea Haerlin of
ATTAC Berlin; Patrick Bond of the Centre for Civil Society, Durban;
anthropologist Arturo Escobar at the University of North Carolina,
Michael Hardt, co-author of Empire and Multitude; and Antonio Martins,
Chico Whitaker, and Sergio Haddad of the WSF International Office; among

The Reader will be released at the beginning of the Workshop being
organised by CACIM and CCS at the World Social Forum at Nairobi on
Sunday January 21 titled :

Revisiting the Bamako Appeal : Issues of Democracy and Substance in the
world movement

The compilers of the Reader will be available for comment after the

At this point, and in large part because of time limitations, the Reader
is available in English only, but given its scope and its intense
relevance to the ongoing debate about the future of the World Social
Forum and the wider movements, we hope that it will be taken by others
and in time also become available in many world and national languages.

CACIM - India Institute for Critical Action : Centre in Movement
A-3 Defence Colony, New Delhi 110 024, India
Ph : +91-11-4155 1521, 2433 2451

A Political Programme for the World Social Forum ?
Democracy, Substance and Debate in the Bamako Appeal
and the Global Justice Movements


Contributors to this Reader

Section 1
1.1 The Bamako Appeal Dialogue : An Introduction : Peter Waterman
1.2 Fragments of an Introduction : A Background to this Reader : Jai
Sen, CACIM (New Delhi)
1.3 A Political Programme for the WSF ? : Patrick Bond, CCS (Centre for 
Civil Society, Durban)

Section 2
The Communist Manifesto
2.1 Communist Manifesto : Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, 1848

Section 3
3.1 Final Communiqué of the Asian-African Conference : Asian-African
Conference, April 24 1955
3.2 Outcomes of the Asian-African Summit : Asian-African Summit, April 1955
3.3 Speech to Bandung Conference Political Committee, 1955 : Jawaharlal
Nehru, nd [1955]

Section 4
The World Social Forum
4.1 World Social Forum Charter of Principles : World Social Forum
Organising Committee and World Social Forum International Council, June
4.2 Today’s Bandung ? : Michael Hardt, March-April 2002

Section 5
Call of Social Movements
5.1 Porto Alegre II – Call of Social Movements – Resistance to
neoliberalism and militarism : for peace and social justice : Anon,
January 2002
5.2 World Call of the Social Movements, Porto Alegre, Brazil - January
27th 2003 : ALAI - Agencia Latinoamericana de Informacion (Ecuador),
Amigos de la Tierra (El Salvador), Arab NGO Network for Development
(Lebanon), and others, January 2003
5.3 Seminar of the Social Movements, Brussels, September 28 - October 1
2006, Summary Report : Christophe Aguiton (European March Against
Unemployment), Ruli Agus (Federation Indonesian Peasant Union (FSPI),
member Via Campesina), Akimoto Yoko (ATTAC Japan), and ors, October 2006

Section 6
Porto Alegre Manifesto
6.1 Porto Alegre Manifesto : Group of Nineteen, February 20 2005
6.2 Discussing the Porto Alegre Manifesto : Patrick Bond, February 22 2005

Section 7
The Bamako Appeal
7.1 The Bamako Appeal : Forum pour un Autre Mali, Forum Mondial des
Alternatives (France), Forum du Tiers Monde (Sénégal), ENDA (Sénégal)
and ors, February 2006
7.2 Signatories to The Bamako Appeal : François Houtart, WFA (World
Forum for Alternatives), April 2006
7.3 Answers to Bamako Appeal : François Houtart, April 13 2006
7.4 Bamako Appeal promotes struggle against market-driven society,
Bamako, Mali : John Catalinotto, January 27 2006
7.5 World Social Forum puts Africa up front / Round tables issue Bamako
Appeal / Appel de Bamako : John Catalinotto, February 2006
7.6 The World Social Forum lands in Africa : Geoffrey Pleyers, September

Section 8
Reactions to the Bamako Appeal
8.1 The Bamako Appeal and The Zapatista 6th Declaration : Between
Creating New Worlds and Reorganizing the Existing One : Kolya Abramsky,
May 2006
8.2 Some Comments on the Bamako Appeal : Michael Albert, May 4 2006
8.3 Does Bamako Appeal ? The World Social Forum Versus the Life
Strategies of the Subaltern : Franco Barchiesi, Heinrich Bohmke,
Prishani Naidoo, and Ahmed Veriava, July 22-23 2006
8.4 Politics of the WSF: A debate in Durban : Centre for Civil Society
Workshop on the World Social Forum, July 2006
8.5 Appraising the Bamako Appeal : A Contribution to the Debate : Peter
Custers, June 15 2006
8.6 Some Questions Directed to the Authors of the Bamako Appeal :
Dorothea Haerlin, April 28 2006
8.7 Comments on Bamako Appeal : Peter Marcuse, May 6 2006
8.8 A Critique of the Bamako Appeal : Steve Martinot, 2006
8.9 Letter to Organisers of Bamako Meeting : Antonio Martins, Chico
Whitaker, and Sergio Haddad, March 16 2006
8.10 Some Comments on The Bamako Appeal : Francine Mestrum, February 20
8.11 The World Social Forum and the Bamako Appeal : Yes, but no … :
Francine Mestrum, June 10 2006
8.12 From the ‘Conference of the Peoples of Bandung’ to the Bamako
Appeal : Geoffrey Pleyers, January 2007 –
8.13 Comments on the Bamako Appeal : Subir Sinha, April 25 2006
8.14 Bamako Appeal Spikes Controversy : Ruby van der Wekken, Peter
Waterman, Francine Mestrum, Teivo Teivainen, Ruby van der Wekken, Ruth
Reitan, Tord Bjork, Marko Ulvila, February 2006
8.15 The Bamako Appeal : A Post-Modern Janus ? : Peter Waterman, April
15 2006
8.16 Beyond Bamako : The Bamako Appeal and the Maturation of the World
Social Forum : Peter Waterman, May-June 2006

Section 9
Beyond Bamako : Many Worlds, Many Languages
9.1 Democratic Politics Globally : Elements for a Dialogue on Global
Political Party Formations : Samir Amin, 2006
9.2 Beyond the Third World : Imperial Globality, Global Coloniality and
Anti-Globalisation Social Movements : Arturo Escobar, February 2004
9.3 The International Union Merger of November 2006 : Top-Down,
Eurocentric, and… Invisible ? : Peter Waterman, Autumn 2006
9.4 Women’s Global Charter for Humanity : World March of Women, December
10 2004
9.5 Invitation-Summons to the Intercontinental Encounter for Humanity
and Against Neoliberalism : Press Release for BA Reader.docZapatista
Army of National Liberation (EZLN - Ejército Zapatista de Liberación
Nacional), May 1996
9.6 6th Declaration of the Selva Lacandona : Zapatista Army of National
Liberation (EZLN - Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional), July 1 2005

CACIM - India Institute for Critical Action : Centre in Movement
A-3 Defence Colony, New Delhi 110 024, India
cacim@cacim.net, www.cacim.net
Ph : +91-11-4155 1521, 2433 2451

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University of KwaZulu-Natal
Memorial Tower Building, Howard College
Durban, 4041 South Africa
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