CIVICUS Civil Society Index

An international action-research project by and for civil society

Archive for July, 2009


Posted by civilsocietyindex on July 29, 2009

The CIVICUS Civil Society Index Programme is pleased to announce its Call for Proposals for the upcoming CSI Impact Assessment of the Phase from 2003-2006. 

Please see the advert below for information on the assessment and how to apply, or contact CSI Programme Officer Bilal Zeb ( with your comments or queries about this upcoming impact assessment and call for proposals.


19 August 2009


The CIVICUS Civil Society Index (CSI) is a participatory action-research programme assessing the state of civil society in countries around the world. The programme links this assessment with a reflection and action-planning process by civil society stakeholders, aiming to strengthen civil society in those areas where weaknesses or challenges are detected. Between 2003 and 2006 the CSI project was successfully implemented by prominent CSOs in more than 50 countries around the world.


The CSI is seeking to commission an Impact Assessment (IA) for the 2003-2006 phase of implementation. This assessment will focus on highlighting all changes as a result of the CSI intervention. It will help recognise and document evidence of successful actions, whether we originally intended them or not, as well as evidence of negative impacts and setbacks. In the context of the Impact, Planning and Learning Framework (IPLF) of CIVICUS, the data will be collected to check CSI progress against – and create a feedback loop for – the change pathways in order to help CIVICUS assess its progress and contribution to a sustainable change process. The IA will analyse the results of actions taken to strengthen civil society following CSI implementation and develop recommendations for the most effective use of CSI findings in order to improve the action side of the CSI programme in future phases.

The assessment should be completed by the end of 2009 and the overall budget for the impact assessment is USD 35,000. More detailed information about the assignment is provided in the draft TOR, a link to which you can find here: 

CSI Impact Assessment ToR 290709

Please note that the TOR is subject to modification.


Interested candidates are invited to contact Bilal Zeb, CSI Programme Officer at to request additional documents on which to base their application. The complete candidacy should also be submitted to Bilal Zeb and comprise the following documents:

  • a letter of interest
  • detailed resume with contact details of three referees
  • technical proposal clearly giving the consultant’s understanding of the assignment, and proposed IA plan and methodology
  • a budget including the approximate number of days required fees and other relevant cost
  • a detailed timeline
  • the organisation’s annual report (if applicable)
  • a sample of a previously conducted Impact Assessment

Submissions should reach CIVICUS by Wednesday 19 August 2009.


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Advisory Committee Meeting in Chile

Posted by civilsocietyindex on July 28, 2009

Congratulations to Fundacion SOLES, our CSI implementing partner in Chile, who recently completed a successful first Advisory Committe (AC) meeting in the country.  Below you can find a picture of the members participating in the Advisory Committe in the country.

AC in Chile

Thank you for sharing your pictures, and congratulations on a successful meeting!

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Partner Profile of the Week: SCAF Belarus

Posted by civilsocietyindex on July 27, 2009


Welcome to our new partner, the Support Centre for Associations and Foundations (SCAF) in Belarus, who implemented during the pilot phase of the CSI in 2001, and who has recently joined the new phase of the CSI implementation cycle.

Support Centre for Associations and Foundations (SCAF) is a think tank and resource centre serving foundations, associations and other not-for-profit organizations to promote peace, education and civil society development. Along with 29 other internationally known Belarus think tanks and human rights organizations SCAF is a member of the National Civil Society Advisory Council recently established by the Presidential Administration of the Republic of Belarus through recommendations by the EU, CoE and OSCE.

SCAF is particularly known through its efforts to promote dialogue in Belarus society. Its dialogue initiative started in 1999 has offered a forum for informal discussions among representatives from the official and the opposition side of Belarus as well as from NGOs, think tanks, international organizations and the diplomatic circles. According to the opinion of the OSCE Ambassador in Minsk “there are hardly any other regular fora with this high level composition from all the sectors. All participating sectors are offered the chance to explore new ideas and initiatives. Such initiatives can have a follow-up in direct talks. The informality of the talks, the regularity of the meetings, and the participation from government/parliament and opposition as well as the international community make the forum to one of the opinion building institutions in Belarus.

Postal address: 4-13 Korolia Street, Minsk, Belarus, 220004
Phone/fax:    +375 172 849216  

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Felicitaciones a Mexico!

Posted by civilsocietyindex on July 22, 2009

felicitaciones!Congratulations to our CSI implementing partners in Mexico: Centro Mexicano para la Filantropía (CEMEFI)  and Iniciativa Ciudadana para la Promoción de la Cultura del Diálogo (ICPCD). They have have just launched the CSI Mexico website (in Spanish), and it looks great!

You can check out their website and activity updates here:

Congratulations on your great work, and we look forward to tracking your progress and successes on your new website.

reminderAnd to all of our partners and stakeholders, don’t forget to send us your links, media coverage and announcements related to the implementation of the CSI in your country, or items that may be of interest to civil society stakeholders in your region or around the world. This blog is for sharing information, and also about sharing successes!

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Pictures from ISTR conference in Mexico

Posted by civilsocietyindex on July 20, 2009

As previously posted on this blog, the Civil Society Index held a workshop at the Regional ISTR Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean, held in Mexico City from the 1 to 3 of July 2009. You can check out some pictures from the event below!

Opening plenary

Opening Plenary of the Conference

CSI poster

CSI poster

Participants looking over the CSI posters during the poster exhibit


Lorena Cortez talking about the CSI implementation in Mexico during the CSI workshop


Luis Serra from our partner RNNDL in Nicaragua presenting at the CSI workshop


Anabel Cruz (who is also the Chair of the Board of CIVICUS) talking about ICD‘s implementation of the CSI in Uruguay at the CSI workshop

Thank you to all of our partners who participated in the CSI event, and we look forward to the next ISTR conference!

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New CIVICUS World Assembly website launched

Posted by civilsocietyindex on July 20, 2009

CIVICUS’ World Assembly has a new website! The site features information on the next World Assembly that will take place from the 20-23 August 2010 in Montréal, Canada, including information on the programme and how you can get involved. As well, you can access session reports, video footage and more from the 2008 World Assembly in Glasgow.

Check it out at

world assembly

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Looking for the signs of impact

Posted by federicosilva on July 16, 2009

signsofimpactThe CSI Phase 2003-2006’s Impact Assessment is live and kicking! Now that three years have passed since the last phase of implementation, CIVICUS believes that it is appropriate that we learn more about the impact of the CSI programme. While we did contract an evaluation soon after the end of the last phase, that evaluation only captured short-term effects related to CIVICUS’ stated goals. In this assessment, we will look more broadly at all the changes-both intended and unintended as well as both positive and negative-that the CSI has inspired since implementation. We plan to use the knowledge that we gain from this impact assessment to analyse the results of the last phase of the CSI and to develop a set of best practices for the most effective use of CSI findings.

The impact assessment will take place in two main stages:
1. CIVICUS will conduct an internal impact assessment comprised primarily of questionnaires and follow-up phone interviews.
2. CIVICUS will employ an external evaluator to conduct a detailed third party assessment.

To help us in this endeavour, we ask our NCOs from the previous phase to please complete the questionnaire as part of our internal assessment as soon as possible. It is our intention that the results of this assessment will be helpful not only for CIVICUS but for your organisation as well.

Get in contact with Katherine Langer now at for further details.

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X-ray of civil society in Mexico

Posted by civilsocietyindex on July 14, 2009

MexicoLogo2Congratulations to our NCOs in Mexico,  the Mexican Centre for Philanthropy (CEMEFI) and Iniciativa Ciudadana para la Promoción de la Cultura del Diálogo (ICPCD – Citizen Initiative for the Promotion of a Culture of Dialogue), who feature  in an article by Inter Press Service News Agency regarding their participation with the CSI project.

As participants in the pilot phase and again in this current phase, Mexico has a unique opportunity to more fully understand the state of civil society and its impact in Mexico.  As Lorena Cortés, the coordinator of research and public policy for CEMEFI told IPS: “The Index seeks to learn about the state of civil society in the countries where it is conducted; it’s like taking an X-ray of civil society in Mexico.”

By taking these two ‘X-rays’, one in the pilot phase in 2000 and one in the current phase, Mexico will be able to determine whether civil society has changed over these years, whether, to continue the metaphor, any broken bones uncovered in the first X-ray, have begun to heal or be strenthened. “Thanks to the Index, we’ll see if there are advantages to society organising itself. NGOs are co-responsible for the world in which we live, but we are unaware of the enormous strength that we could have if more of us got organised,” said the Azyadeth Adame of ICPCD.

Furthermore, Cortés explains that the goal for implementing the CSI goes beyond this research- focused aspect: it “build(s) a minimum common agenda to present to the government, so that it is more than a mere research study,” and “equip(s) NGOs to become valid interlocutors with the government, and help the government to understand their dynamics.”

The full article can be found at the following link:

Keep up the good work and please send us your stories and articles about the CSI implementation in your country!

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CSI represented at Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Network Meeting

Posted by civilsocietyindex on July 10, 2009

istr The CSI Officer, Amy Bartlett and CSI NCOs in the regions of Latin America and the Caribbean    represented CSI at the ISTR LAC Regional Conference in Mexico held on July 1-3, 2009. The theme of the conference was “Civil society and inter‐sector cooperation in Latin America: Challenges of the environment”. The CSI team organized a panel discussion to discuss the current status of CSI and the challenges in its implementation. This is a step to enhance intraregional cooperation and learning to discuss proposals to make CSI more effective. Amy also prepared a Newsletter (Latin American Edition) and put up a stall with CSI brochures, posters and other material. Way to go Amy!! 🙂

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