The Steering Committee
Information about Accommodations
Territories of the Forum
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the World Social Forum?
The World Social Forum is an open meeting place where social movements, networks, NGOs and other civil society organizations opposed to neo-liberalism and a world dominated by capital or by any form of imperialism come together to pursue their thinking, to debate ideas democratically, for formulate proposals, share their experiences freely and network for effective action. Since the first world encounter in 2001, it has taken the form of a permanent world process seeking and building alternatives to neo-liberal policies. This definition is in its Charter of Principles, the WSF’s guiding document.
The World Social Forum is also characterized by plurality and diversity, is non-confessional, non-governmental and non-party. It proposes to facilitate decentralized coordination and networking among organizations engaged in concrete action towards building another world, at any level from the local to the international, but it does not intend to be a body representing world civil society. The World Social Forum is not a group nor an organization.
How did the WSF start to get organized?
Click here to discover how the WSF came into being.
Who organizes the WSF?
Eight organizations are part of the Secretariat, which has an office in São Paulo (Brazil), and is in charge of the Forum process coordination. The eight entities that have started the organization of the first WSF - Abong, Attac, CBJP, Cives, CUT, Ibase, MST and Social Network for Justice and Human Rights - form this secretariat.
When WSF moved to Mumbai, an Indian Organizing Committee (in charge of organizing WSF 2004 in Mumbai, India) has been set up. The IOC has been integrated to WSF Secretariat afterwards.
General political issues as well as discussions on WSF future and the annual events methodologies are discussed and followed by the International Council, which is currently formed by 129 organizations.
For the fifth WSF edition, a Brazilian Organizing Committee (BOC) has been set up by 23 organizations, divided in eight Work Groups: Space, Solidarity Economy
Announcement to press and media
Press and media are informed that they should fill in
the accreditation form available on the site, to ensure their
participation to the Polycentric World Social Forum of Bamako 2006.
Important announcement to all participants !
You are welcome ! Let’s make Bamako 2006 a forum rich in
PROPOSALS and in building dynamic networks to implement these
Youth international Camp "Thomas Sankara"
For its series of poupular conferences, the Bamako WSF
Youth Commission will meet you on January 5th the acropole of University
FAST at 15 o’clock.
Preparatory meeting of Caracas (Venezuela) Polycentric World Social Forum
This international meeting took place from December 10th to 11th 2005.It gathered the PWSF 2006 three countries’ Organizing Committees members and those of the International Committee Commissions members. The Malian organizing committee was represented by Mr Mamadou Goita.
Descriptive note of the Polycentric World Social Forum of Bamako.
This note specifically shows the importance of the
Polycentric World Social Forum of Bamako; Also it describes in details
the ten considered thematics.
293 Malian Organisations particpate to the preparatory activities of PWSF Bamko 2006
293 Malian organisations are today involved in the
preparatory process of the Polycentric World Social Forum of Bamako
World Social Forum 2006 Polycentric Bamako