CIVICUS Civil Society Index

An international action-research project by and for civil society

Archive for March, 2009

New Media Website from Ghana

Posted by civilsocietyindex on March 31, 2009

face-thumbsa-upThis was sent to us from our Ghanian partners at HEDGE, who are partnering with other CSOs to create  this civil society digest for the country.  Congratulations on this innovative and informative site!

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Partner profile of the week: PIC Slovenia

Posted by civilsocietyindex on March 27, 2009

Congratulations to PIC Slovenia, who have just secured some new funding and will be starting their primary research activities in the next week. They have also established a series of CSI implementation pages on their website, which you can visit here:
Below is a profile of the organization— check it out!


 Legal Informational Centre for NGOs Slovenia – PIC is a non-governmental and non-profit organisation, active on the fields of protection of human rights, strengthening the role of non-governmental organisations and alternative dispute resolution, established in 1997.

The mission of PIC is to provide professional legal support to individuals, vulnerable groups and NGOs in exerting and protecting their rights and reinforcing their position within the society. We realize our mission mostly by active involvement in policy forming and decision-making processes, building partnerships, offering free legal aid, informing and educating etc.

We work on national and international level. Our activities in the NGO part are aimed at contributing to improve the situation of non-governmental organisations in Slovenia. We conduct projects with the intention of connecting Slovenian NGOs and contributing to a stronger role for NGOs and other interested bodies in decision-making process. With legal initiatives we want to enable better working conditions for non-governmental organisations. In recent years we have carried out some systematic monitoring and crucial research of the Slovene NGO sector, its situation and role in Slovenia.

Our website:

Contact information:

Pravno-informacijski center nevladnih organizacij – PIC
Povšetova 37
1000 Ljubljana

phone:     +386 1 521 18 88    
fax: +386 1 540 19 13

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The search for the missing 85….

Posted by civilsocietyindex on March 25, 2009

1for1-webCIVICUS membership launches its 1 for 1 campaign


One CIVICUS member for every UN Member state.


That’s the goal of CIVICUS’ 1 for 1 Membership campaign.


Why? To ensure that every country is represented in one of the largest civil society alliances in the world. We need your help to find members from the 85 countries not currently represented.


CIVICUS works to protect the rights, strengthen best practice, and increase the influence of civil society around the world. But CIVICUS cannot accomplish these goals alone. We depend on our members to inform us of the issues that are most pertinent and relevant to civil society. Without members in every country, CIVICUS and its network may be less effective in achieving our goals – so, help us fill in the gaps.


You can help grow our alliance and find the missing 85! Please visit the site:



Not yet a member? Join now ( and be a part of our growing alliance. Together, we can build a truly global alliance, acting together for a just world.



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CIVICUS World Assembly postponed until 2010

Posted by civilsocietyindex on March 20, 2009



Dear CIVICUS partners, colleagues and friends,

CIVICUS World Assembly: 28-31 August 2009, Montréal, Canada

I am writing to advise that due in the main to the economic downturn and its impact on fundraising for World Assembly 2009 itself and the ability of delegates to secure funding for their attendance in this difficult funding environment, the Board of CIVICUS has decided to postpone the 2009 World Assembly.

This decision has not been taken lightly and we are very conscious of the fact that current crises facing the world’s citizens make it all the more important that civil society come together to discuss solutions to these challenges together with government, business and funding organisations. Your input on how alternate ways by which CIVICUS could build civil society solidarity, facilitate the exchange of ideas and information, and evolve collective solutions would be most welcome.

CIVICUS remains committed to convening the next series of World Assemblies at the Palais de Congrès, Montréal from 2010 to 2012 in partnership with our local host, the Institut du Nouveau Monde.

We apologise for any negative impact this decision may have on your plans. We will post details of the new dates on our web site as soon as possible. See

Please spread the news of the postponement via your networks to anyone you feel should be informed.

We hope that we will remain your partner of choice for co-located events you are planning for 2010. We will let you know as soon as we have confirmed dates for the 2010 event.

With best wishes,

Katsuji Imata

Deputy Secretary General-Programmes


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Partner Profile of the Week: Open Society Institute Bulgaria

Posted by civilsocietyindex on March 19, 2009

Congratulations to OSI in Bulgaria, who are implementing the CSI at record speed.  They are this week’s partner profile of the week!

Open Society Institute – Sofia is founded in 1990 with the support of Mr. George Soros as non-governmental organization for public benefit.

Open Society Institute – Sofia stands for the following mission and main goals:

  • To promote, develop and enhance the values and practices of the open society in Bulgaria.
  • To support the process of democratization in all fields of the public and political life as well as in the process of development the civil society capacity in the country
  • To guarantee civil freedoms and respect for human rights.
  • To support the institutions of the civil sector in the country
  • To enhance democratic decision-making
  • To work for the strengthening of civil participation and protection of the public interest in public policy-making
  • To encourage the public debate on issues of key importance to Bulgaria
  • To support the integration of Bulgaria into the European Union and work for the strengthening of regional cooperation

The Open Society Institute – Sofia works for transparency and accountability in policy–making. It also promotes effective capacity building in the civil sector and provides technical assistance and project management analysis and expertise. It also pursues the strengthening of the rule of law and the inclusion of the Roma minority in the country. 

Open Society Institute – Sofia is pursuing its mission through the following programs:

  • Governance and Public Policies
  • European Policies and Civic Participation
  • Roma Program
  • Legal Program
  • Public Debate Program

The European Policies and Civic Participation Program is responsible for the implementation of the Civil Society Index. The focus of the program activities reflects the new context of Bulgaria as a member of the EU as well as the need of developing capacity for successful participation in the decision- and policy-making on national and EU level.

Through the implementation of the Civil Society Index, the Open Society Institute – Sofia is trying to map the development of the civil society in Bulgaria in global context while focusing on country-specific objectives. The project is an opportunity to check what the understanding of the civil society is and who the bearer of the notion is; how legitimate is the sector and what impact it has on various issues of public concern.

For further information:

Ms. Dessislava Hristova

Tel: +359 2 930 6642





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Request for Articles for the CSI Newsletter

Posted by civilsocietyindex on March 18, 2009

pencil2This is a call to all implementers and interested parties for articles and contributions for the next CSI newsletter coming out in April.

The deadline for submission is Tuesday, March 31, 2009!

Please send your contributions (in English, French or Spanish) to

We look forward to hearing from you!

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AC meeting news in Uruguay

Posted by civilsocietyindex on March 13, 2009

Felicitaciones!Felicitaciones a ICD (implmenting the CSI in Uruguay) who just finished their first AC meeting after being trained in late November.  They are moving fast!

You can check out a report and pictures of their AC meeting (in Spanish) held on March 10th here:

And to everyone else: don’t forget to send us your links to websites and news items featuring activities and events of the CSI implementation in your country!

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A few pictures from the recent CSI MENA training in Lebanon

Posted by civilsocietyindex on March 11, 2009

MENA training participants

Participants hard at work during the CSI MENA training workshop, held from the 1st to the 3rd of March 2009 in Beirut, Lebanon 

Networking session panel

High level panel at the MENA networking session in Beirut on March 4th, 2009, which included (from left to right): Ziad Abdul Samad from ANND and currently serving as a CIVICUS Board member, Adib Nehmeh from UNDP-SURF, Dr. Hasan Abdel Ati (moderator) from the Sudanese Civic Forum, and Ingrid Srinath, Secretary General of CIVICUS


Jacob and Ingrid

Jacob from the CSI team and Ingrid,  during a visit to a Palestinian refugee camp during their stay in Lebanon

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New poll

Posted by civilsocietyindex on March 6, 2009

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Submissions for the next edition of eCIVICUS

Posted by civilsocietyindex on March 6, 2009

The next issue of e-CIVICUS, our weekly e-newsletter on civil society issues which reaches about 88,000 subscribers, will focus on South Asia. We invite you to contribute on issues such as climate change, conflict, health, human rights, governance and poverty which are related to civil society action.

Please send contributions to by 12 March 2009

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