CIVICUS Civil Society Index

An international action-research project by and for civil society

Archive for May, 2009


Posted by civilsocietyindex on May 29, 2009

CIVICUS is 16 years old today!  

 You can find more updates, pictures and reflections from staff, members and the Secretary General of the organization on the CIVICUS website:

sweet 16

So Happy Birthday to YOU our CIVICUS Members, partners and stakeholders!

Joyeux anniversaire aux membres de CIVICUS!

Gelukkige Verjaardag aan Leden CIVICUS!

Feliz cumpleaños a los miembros de CIVICUS!

Feliz aniversario aos membros de CIVICUS!

Buon compleanno ai membri di CIVICUS!


С днем рождения к членам CIVICUS

CIVICUS 일원에게 축 생일

Χρόνια πολλά στα μέλη CIVICUS

Alles Gute zum Geburtstag zu den CIVICUS Mitgliedern!

عيد ميلاد سعيد لأعضاء التحالف


A message from CIVICUS Secretary General Ingrid Srinath:

What’s it like to be 16 these days? For many 16 year olds around the world the future has never looked less certain. Many young people, who a year ago imagined they knew exactly what life had in store for them, suddenly find themselves confronted with the possibility that they will not simply graduate, get a job, buy a home and live their dreams. For many more, the future couldn’t be more certain. They will, by sheer accident of birth, be condemned to a life eking out a living from the scrap heaps of the rich and powerful. Girls who are already mothers, raising children as malnourished as themselves. Boys who see no choices but drudgery or crime.

Depending on where they live, and their circumstances, 16 is the age at which they might be permitted to consume alcohol, drive a vehicle, vote, or serve in the armed forces. Or make the choice to leave the confines of their families for higher education. Or be conscripted into a guerrilla force. Or find a way to use their talents to shape a better future for their generation. In any event, a time of growing responsibility.

For CIVICUS, which turns 16 this week, the anniversary is a time to grapple with challenges old and new. Can we meet the growing expectations of our members, partners, donors and staff? Can we fulfil our mandate to defend civil society from growing threats, amplify the voices of the silenced, speak truth to power and convene a global coalition of the scale and diversity necessary to confront the confluence of crises we collectively face? Can we find the resources – human and financial – to achieve these goals?

Thanks to the vision of our founders, the commitment of donors who support that vision, passionate leadership over the 16 years and the dedication of CIVICUS’ board and staff – past and present – we are better placed than most to rise to the challenges we now face. We’ve been overwhelmed by the messages of solidarity and encouragement we’ve received. This anniversary is a great opportunity to thank all those who make it possible for us to face the future with optimism and hope. From each of us at CIVICUS to each of you – ‘Thank you!’

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CSI Partner Profile of the week: NNNGO Nigeria

Posted by civilsocietyindex on May 22, 2009


The Nigeria Network of NGOs (NNNGO) is the first generic membership body for civil society organizations in Nigeria that facilitates effective advocacy on issues of poverty and other developmental issues. Established in 1992, NNNGO represents over 800 organizations ranging from small groups working at the local level, to larger networks working at the national level.

The Network is charged with the objective of identifying, registering, coordinating, building capacity and mobilizing civil society organizations to promote interconnectivity and bring equity, justice, peace and development to grassroots communities throughout Nigeria, including the implementation of NEEDS, SEEDS, LEEDS and the MDGs.

Our membership includes over 20 national organizations and over 800 membership organizations focusing on different thematic areas of development, all of whom work to support a diverse range of membership communities across the nation. In total our outreach to the third sector in Nigeria is estimated to be in the excess of 2,500 which includes both members and affiliates at national and global levels.

The mission statement of the network makes its objectives clear:
“We want to coordinate a civil society group that is inclusive and offers equal opportunity, people participation, community leadership, independence of voluntary action, reflection of linguistic and cultural diversity, choice and a genuine partnership with other sectors on a “best practice” basis as a catalyst for sustainable development and poverty alleviation.”

NNNGO aims to promote interconnectivity at the grassroots, provide opportunities for CSOs/NGOs/CBOs and PVOs to contribute to the advancement of national and global peace through developmental activities focused at the grassroots, whilst networking with each other and other national and international agencies, with the aim of meeting NEEDS/SEEDS/LEEDS, and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015.

In achieving our vision and mission, NNNGO works in:

From 1992 till date NNNGO continued to identify various civil society groups from community based organizations to larger networks and thematic groups across the 36 states of the federation including Abuja. By the end of 2005 and beginning of 2006 over 700 NGOs were identified and by 30th April 2007 a total of 1,850 NGOs were identified.

Being a membership based organization; the Network’s membership base has grown from 60 in 1992 to over 800 member organizations working on various development issues, our membership serves as our strength.

In providing leadership for the sector NNNGO has worked with various development partners and National Governments to coordinate civil society activities in Nigeria with the purpose of giving them a voice and providing sector leadership within a conducive environment.

For further information contact:

The Administrative Secretary
25, Ogunlana Drive, Surulere OR 15 Military Street, Onikan, Lagos, Nigeria Tel:  00 234 1 2635158 ,
Ayo 0803 719 1348, Kunle 0803 348 3421, Giwa 08038573974

Visit our Website:

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CSI in the press in Nicaragua

Posted by civilsocietyindex on May 21, 2009

felicitacionesCongratulations to Red Nicaragüense por la Democracia y el Desarrollo Local (RNDDL), who just completed their first Advisory Committee (AC) meeting in Nicaragua and have already generated some positive press about the CSI project!  You can check out the article, published in La Prensa by Lucydalia Baca C. (in Spanish), here:

Keep up the good work!

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Welcome to CSI’s new Research Intern!

Posted by civilsocietyindex on May 20, 2009

welcomeThe CSI Secretariat in Johannesburg would like to welcome Katherine Langer, who will be with us for the next three months doing research for our upcoming impact assessment.

She is currently completing dual Master’s degrees in Public Policy and Russian and East European Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her main substantive focus is on international issues such as sustainable development, democratization, minority rights and education policies, and para-states. Prior to beginning her graduate studies, Katherine worked for City Year San Jose/Silicon Valley. She also holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Anthropology and Development Studies from the University of California, Berkeley.

You can find profiles of all CSI staff here:

And keep your eyes out for information on our new CSI Programme Officer arriving soon!

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Conference that may be of interest to Civil Society practitioners

Posted by civilsocietyindex on May 15, 2009

athens conferenceThe Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) 2009 will be held in Athens, Greece on 4th and 5th November 2009. This inter-governmental meeting, hosted by the Government of Greece, will be preceded by two Civil Society Days in Athens on 2nd and 3rd November 2009. Participants in the Civil Society Days will draw on their experiences in the field of migration and development to formulate proposals that will be presented to government representatives during the GFMD.

Applications are now open for representatives of Civil Society actively working on Migration and Development to apply to participate in the Civil Society Days. This is a unique opportunity for civil society organizations, including diaspora groups and migrants associations, to input into the inter-governmental dialogue on making migration work for development. The Joint Migration and Development Initiative strongly encourages organizations to apply.

The Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) is a state-led, voluntary, informal, and non-binding dialogue focusing on how migration can help achieve development goals. The Forum was created following a proposal by former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan in September 2006. It brings together senior policymakers from around the world to exchange experiences, identify best practices, and foster interstate cooperation in leveraging migration for the benefit of development. The Forum takes place every year – it was held for the first time in 2007 in Brussels, Belgium and in 2008 it took place in Manila, the Philippines.

Civil Society Days 2009
The overarching theme of both the GFMD 2009 and the Athens Civil Society Days is “Integrating Migration Policies in Development Strategies for the Benefit of All”. In Athens, approximately 200 delegates representing NGOs and other civil society members from around the world will come together for two days to exchange ideas on how to best integrate migration policies into development strategies so that they benefit migrants, as well as countries of origin and destination. Participants in the Civil Society Days will draw on their experiences in the field of migration and development to formulate proposals that will be presented to government representatives during the GFMD.

How to apply
Those interested in participating should fill out the Application Form attached and online here:  

The Application Form should be submitted by email only to:

Applications by fax or post will not be accepted.
The deadline to receive applications is Monday, 1st June, 2009.

Applicants will be advised from July 10, 2009 onwards whether they have been selected to participate in the conference.

The official website for the GFMD Civil Society Days 2009 ( provides full details on the events, as well as the opportunity to share experiences, and register to participate in the online dialogue.

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CSI Partner Profile of the Week: Union of International Associations (UIA)

Posted by civilsocietyindex on May 14, 2009

UIA Logo

The CSI team welcomes a research collaboration with the Union of International Associations (UIA). You can visit their website here:

UIA is a non-profit, apolitical, independent, and non-governmental organization that focuses on the research, monitoring and provision of information on international organizations, international associations and their global challenges.

This well-established research institute and documentation centre, based in Brussels, was founded over one hundred years ago by Henri La Fontaine (Nobel Peace Prize laureate of 1913), and Paul Otlet, a founding father of what is now called information science.

Publicly, the UIA is best known for the Yearbook of International Organizations; the Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential; the International Congress Calendar; and its journal Transnational Associations. With this track record, the UIA has become a cutting-edge technical centre with high standing in the academic, governmental, and business domains and has consultative status with UNESCO and with ECOSOC.

The Civil Society Index methodology uses the UIA’s Yearbook of International Organizations as a source for its Level of Organization dimension, and the Association has graciously offered to provide the CSI programme and partners the data required to measure some indicators within this dimension free of charge.

CSI would like to thank UIA for this role in supporting the breadth and accuracy of the CSI research. Such partnerships strengthen civil society relations and encourage the impacts both our organizations strive to achieve. Please visit the link above for more information or to contact the UIA directly.

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CSI included in UNDP’s new Governance Portal

Posted by civilsocietyindex on May 14, 2009


UNDP are pleased to introduce the Governance Assessment Portal now available at:

The Portal is the first global hub and one-stop shop in the area of democratic governance assessments, and includes the CIVICUS CSI programme as one of its assessment tools. 

The portal will provide UNDP staff, national counterparts and the wider community of stakeholders easy access to a variety of sources of information for planning and implementing country-led governance assessments. It also provides important guidance on UNDP’s niche, principles and approach in assisting developing countries to produce disaggregated and non-ranking governance indicators. The Portal will ultimately be an important resource for national stakeholders to better monitor performance in democratic governance reforms.

The Portal is an integral part of the UNDP Global Programme on Democratic Governance Assessments hosted at the UNDP Oslo Governance Centre. Country-led democratic governance assessments have over the years become a key element in our broader agenda on democratic governance: to foster inclusive participation, strengthen accountable and responsive governing institutions, and ground governance in international principles of human rights, gender equity and integrity.

The portal offers:

  • An extensive how-to guide
  • Guidance in assessing different areas of governance, such as corruption, local governance or justice
  • Toolbox with different governance assessment frameworks and indicators
  • An inventory of examples of country initiatives
  • Directory of organizations that work on governance assessments
  • A library of publications on measuring governance produced by various organizations, free of charge and accessible to all
  • A source guide to global governance indicators

The site is a work in progress and will be continuously updated and improved. New features will be added. Pipeline products include a Network where users can upload their profiles and connect with others as well as a Wiki where users can add articles and share knowledge.

UNDP would be grateful for any comments that you may have on how to best improve the site. Please write to Joachim Nahem ( or Ingvild Oia (

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Website Launch in Macedonia

Posted by civilsocietyindex on May 12, 2009

Congratulations to our CSI-implementing partner, the Macedonian Centre new websitefor International Cooperation (MCIC), who have just launched their new website, including some new CSI pages.

You can check out their new and improved website here:

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New Poll on the CSI blog

Posted by civilsocietyindex on May 11, 2009

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CSI Partner Profile of the Week: CODE-NGO from the Philippines

Posted by civilsocietyindex on May 8, 2009

CODE logo

The Caucus of Development NGO Networks (CODE-NGO) is the Philippines’ largest network of social development NGOs, consisting of 6 national networks and 6 regional (sub-national) networks with a total membership base of over 1,800 NGOs, people’s organizations and cooperatives. The network takes advantage of its scale and synergy to influence public policy, provide leadership in Philippine civil society and increase the effectiveness of social development work in the country.

The network focuses on policy advocacy and partnership building in the public arena, as well as on developing the capacity and accountability of its member networks and affiliated organizations. CODE-NGO is currently engaged in advocating for a revision of the Philippine Constitution, but only after the current administration’s term ends. The network is also engaged in monitoring the budget of the Department of Agriculture, an agency which has been linked to numerous corruption scams in recent years.

CODE-NGO is not only pushing for good governance within government, but also within civil society itself. It continues to facilitate the “Building Successful Boards Seminar” for its member networks to help participants better understand their role in providing strategic direction and their fiduciary responsibilities to their organizations. As part of its efforts to improve Philippine Civil Society, it is also implementing the Civil Society Index Project.

For further information, please contact:

Caucus of Development NGO Networks (CODE-NGO)
69 Esteban Abada Street, Loyola Heights
Quezon City 1108, PHILIPPINES

Telephone Nos. :   (+632) 920.2595  , 435.6616 and 926.8131

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