CIVICUS Civil Society Index

An international action-research project by and for civil society

CIVICUS Deputy Secretary General addresses Russian CSI stakeholders

Posted by civilsocietyindex on December 17, 2009

On Friday 11 December 2009, Katsuji Imata, Deputy Secretary General responsible for Programmes at CIVICUS, addressed CSI stakeholders in Moscow, Russia. Mr Imata spoke as part of a wider discussion of an enlarged advisory council meeting for comparative civil society projects (the CIVICUS Civil Society Index (CSI) and the John Hopkins project).

The session, organised by the Center for Studies of Civil Society and Nonprofit Sector (CSCSNS) of the State University – Higher School of Economics, was held as part of a larger conference on Social Partnership and Development of Civil Society Organisations – Experience of Russia’s Regions and Municipalities.

The three hour advisory council meeting was attended by about 40 participants, including representatives from national and regional governments, nongovernmental organisations and researchers and students. During the meeting, Director of CSCSNS Irina Mersiyanova presented the findings of the Civil Society Index in Russia, discussing each dimension of the CSI diamond and introducing comparisons with other countries such as Armenia, Turkey and Zambia.


As part of the session, Mr Imata spoke on the role of CIVICUS in facilitating implementation of the Civil Society Index. In the lively discussion that followed, he went on to outline the importance of such spaces for reflection and discussion among different stakeholders, and suggested that there is a continued need to create an enabling environment for the sector. With international comparability one of the components of the CSI, Mr Imata stressed the value of comparing among countries the many common challenges faced by organisations in the sector, despite operating within very different political and social contexts.

Click here to visit the website of the CSI implementing partner in Russia, the Center for Studies of Civil Society and Nonprofit Sector (CSCSNS).

Click here and here to read the news stories about the AC meeting at the national conference (Russian only).


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