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State of Civil Society Report 2019

March 1, 2019

The annual State of Civil Society Report analyses how contemporary events and trends are impacting on civil society, and how civil society is responding to the major issues and challenges of the day. This is the eighth edition of the report, focusing on actions and trends in 2018. This report is of, from and for civil society, drawing on over 50 interviews and guest articles from civil society activists, leaders, and experts, as well as CIVICUS' ongoing programme of research, analysis and advocacy. In particular, it presents findings from the CIVICUS Monitor, an online platform tracking conditions for civil society in 196 countries.

Enabling environment and civic space

To Survive, Civil Society is Adopting Radical, Next-Level Resourcing Models

March 26, 2018

This article explores emerging organising and resourcing strategies that different civil society groups are employing to stay resilient and grow, in the face of dwindling resources and increasingly restrictive environments. It includes a radical shift in the way the more change-seeking parts of civil society understand their relationship to funders and the communities they serve. 

Enabling environment and civic space

Contested and Under Pressure: A Snapshot of the Enabling Environment of Civil Society in 22 Countries

March 28, 2017

The EENA research reveals that in many cases, CSOs are not free to act without the state's permission. This is the case even in several countries where notification regimes exist on paper but do not apply in practice, as state agencies, officials and security forces assume powers to veto CSO activities. The impact of these constraints is to absorb the energy and resources of civil society, and reduce its ability to respond creatively to the challenges of the day.The EENA process demonstrates a willingness by civil society around the world to engage actively in improving the conditions for citizens' participation. It also indicates that in very diverse contexts, similar issues are being encountered, suggesting potential for enhanced cross-civil society working and the international sharing of good practice to overcome common challenges.

Enabling environment and civic space; Latin America and the Caribbean

State of Civil Society Report 2016

March 22, 2017

Each year the CIVICUS State of Civil Society Report seeks to celebrate the achievements of civil society, understand the conditions it works in and encourage action to address the challenges it encounters. In addition to reviewing the civil society landscape as a whole, every year the report has a special theme. This year's focus is 'exclusion and civil society'.

Enabling environment and civic space

State of Civil Society Report 2015

July 1, 2015

Glimpses into the amazing work being done by our colleagues in civil society to address some of the most urgent global issues. From humanitarian response to long-term peacebuilding, civil society is often at the frontline of the world's challenges. The report is also full of worries, especially when it comes to the political space in which civil society operates and vital resourcing for its activities.This year's report is aimed not just at mapping the nature of the challenges in these two areas but also acts as a guide for our members -- and others -- to come up with their own responses. You will see there are actionable recommendations after each section.

Family, HNWI, and independent philanthropy

State of Civil Society 2014: Reimagining Global Governance

September 1, 2014

The State of Civil Society Report 2014: Reimagining Global Governance draws on contributions from more than 30 of the world's leading experts on civil society as well as on inputs from our members, partners, supporters and others in the global CIVICUS alliance. The varied contributions highlight changing global political dynamics, an emerging disillusionment with global frameworks of governance and a fundamental lack of accountability within international decision-making.The report also contains the findings of a pilot project, based on research conducted with more than 450 Civil Society Organisations, which assesses how well intergovernmental organisations engage civil society.

Enabling environment and civic space

State of Civil Society 2013: Creating an Enabling Environment

May 1, 2013

Welcome to the second edition of the State of Civil Society report produced by CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation. This report is not ours alone. The 2013 State of Civil Society report draws from nearly 50 contributions made by people active in civil society all over the world -- from our members, friends, partners, supporters and others in the CIVICUS alliance. They contributed 31 new pieces of analysis and thinking on the state of civil society. Our analysis also benefits from 16 responses to a questionnaire from national civil society platforms that are members of either our Affinity Group of National Associations (AGNA), or the International Forum of National NGO Platforms (IFP). Together, their contributions, published at, form the full report. Our summary report is a synthesis of this impressive array of perspectives. We believe that together their contributions offer a body of critical, cutting edge thinking about the changing state of contemporary civil society. We thank them for their efforts and continuing support. It is also important to acknowledge in this report the work of coalitions such as the Open Forum for CSO Development Effectiveness and BetterAid, and the subsequent CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness, in bringing together many CSOs working in the development sphere in recent years to advance the debate on civil society's contributions to development effectiveness, including on the issue of the enabling conditions for civil society that are a necessary part of increasing CSO effectiveness. This report is also intended as a contribution to those wider efforts, in which we at CIVICUS are happy to be active partners.

Enabling environment and civic space

Civil Society in Turkey: At a Turning Point

April 1, 2011

Civil society in Turkey is going through a rapid transformation. Civil society's building blocks, civil society organisations, are emerging as important actors in Turkey's development and democratisation agendas, while increasing in their numbers and impact. In this context, generating a useful and comprehensive knowledge base has a crucial role to play in promoting the health of the third sector in Turkey. TUSEV has strengthened the sector through its Publications and Research Programme, which has produced over 50 valuable publications on the third sector in Turkey. The CIVICUS Civil Society Index (CSI) project holds a special place among these initiatives. Not only did the first CSI implementation result in the first comprehensive and internationally comparative study on civil society in Turkey, but now the second implementation expands its scope even further and offers readers an opportunity to make comparisons over a five year period.

Enabling environment and civic space; Europe

Civil Society in Turkey: An Era of Transition

December 1, 2006

The Civil Society Index project is Turkey's first internationally comparative and most comprehensive study on civil society undertaken to date. It is also a timely and significant initiative for the assessment of civil society in a country of 70 million looking toward European Union membership and commonly referred to as a bridge between east and west.

Enabling environment and civic space; Europe

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