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2010 CSI comparative volume: request for input

Posted by civilsocietyindex on January 29, 2010


The CIVICUS Civil Society Index team has begun preparations for the 2010 publication of two global volumes based on the findings of the data generated from the 2008-2010 implementation phase of the project.

One of these volumes will offer comparative analysis of the state of civil society at a regional and thematic level. Informed by the preliminary findings of the project thus far, CIVICUS is currently determining the topics, themes and areas which will be selected for closer analysis of the final CSI data.

As an important part of this process, we are pleased to invite suggestions, contributions, comments and input from national Civil Society Index partners and all other interested parties. Specifically, we welcome suggestions on the following:

  • Suggested topics of either a regional and/or thematic  focus;
  • Suggested focus areas that are closely related to the data that the CSI has been generating, and ideally related to a specific indicator or sub-dimension of the indicator matrix;

To accompany your contributions or suggestions, please include any names of possible experts who could contribute to writing about your suggested topics or areas of focus, including information about the potential contributor, her/his background and, where possible, contact details.

Please submit your suggestions to by Monday 8th February 2010 at the latest.

The CIVICUS CSI team, in conjunction with its research partners, will then review the submitted suggestions along with the preliminary CSI findings in order to determine the final focus areas and topics for the comparative volume for this phase of the CSI. Information about the chosen topics will be posted on the Civil Society Index blog in the coming months. 

Thank you in advance for your contributions, opinions and comments!

The CSI Team



L’équipe du CIVICUS Civil Society Index a commencé les préparations pour la publication 2010 de deux ouvrages globaux basés sur les conclusions des données issues de la phase d’implémentation du projet 2008-2010.

Un de ces ouvrages offre une analyse comparative de l’état de la société civile aux niveaux régionaux et thématiques. Informé des résultats préliminaires du projet à ce stade, CIVICUS détermine actuellement les sujets, thèmes et domaines qui seront sélectionnés afin d’être analysés plus en profondeur à l’aide des données finales du CSI.

Comme nous considérons qu’il s’agit d’une part important du processus, nous sommes heureux d’inviter les partenaires nationaux du Civil Society Index et toute autre partie intéressée à formuler des suggestions, contributions, commentaires et avis.  Plus spécifiquement, nous souhaitons des suggestions sur les points suivants :

  • Suggestion de sujets mettant l’accent sur l’aspect régional et/ou thématique;
  • Suggestion de domaines d’intervention qui ont un rapport étroit avec les données issues du CSI, et idéalement en rapport avec un indicateur spécifique ou une sous dimension de l’indicateur de la matrice;

Pour accompagner vos contributions ou suggestions, merci d’indiquer le nom de tout expert qui pourrait apporter une contribution à vos sujets ou domaines d’intervention. A cela, ajoutez des informations à propos de votre contributeur potentiel, ses cursus et expérience et lorsque c’est possible, ses coordonnées. 

Merci d’envoyer vos suggestions à  avant lundi 8 févier 2010 dernier délai.

L’équipe du CIVICUS CSI, en collaboration avec ses partenaires de recherches, va alors étudier les suggestions soumises en parallèle des découvertes préliminaires du CSI de manière à déterminer les sujets finaux et domaines à analyser en détail pour l’étude comparative de cette phase du CSI. Des informations relatives aux sujets choisis seront mises en ligne sur le blog du Civil Society Index dans le prochains mois. 

Merci par avance pour vos contributions, opinions et commentaires !

L’équipe du CSI



El equipo del Índice de la Sociedad Civil de CIVICUS ha comenzado los preparativos de la publicación 2010 de dos volúmenes globales basados en los hallazgos de la información generada en la fase de implementación del proyecto en 2008 – 2010.

Uno de estos volúmenes ofrecerá un análisis comparativo del estado de la sociedad civil a nivel temático y regional. Con los hallazgos preliminares del proyecto hasta el momento, CIVICUS está, actualmente, determinando los temas y áreas que serán seleccionados para un análisis más profundo de la información final del ISC.

Como una parte importante de este proceso, estamos complacidos en invitar a los socios nacionales del Índice de la Sociedad Civil y otras partes interesadas a hacer sugerencias, contribuciones, comentarios y aportes. Específicamente, serán bienvenidas sugerencias sobre lo siguiente:

  • Temas para el enfoque regional y/o temático;
  • Áreas de enfoque que están estrechamente relacionadas con la información que el ISC ha estado generando, e idealmente relacionadas con un indicador o sub-indicador específico de la matriz de indicadores;

Para acompañar sus contribuciones o sugerencias, por favor incluir algún nombre de experto que pueda contribuir escribiendo sobre los temas o áreas de enfoque que sugieran, incluyendo información sobre el potencial contribuyente, sus antecedentes, y si fuese posible, sus datos de contacto.

Por favor, envíe sus sugerencias a no más tarde del lunes 8 de febrero de 2010.

El equipo del ISC de CIVICUS, junto con sus investigadores socios, revisarán las sugerencias enviadas junto con los hallazgos preliminares del ISC para determinar las áreas de enfoque y temas finales para el volumen comparativo para esta fase del ISC. La información sobre los temas elegidos será subida al blog del Índice de la Sociedad Civil en los próximos meses. 

¡Desde ya agradecemos sus contribuciones, opiniones y comentarios!

El Equipo del ISC

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Let us know what you think!

Posted by civilsocietyindex on January 28, 2010

We want to communicate better with you, our constituency. But to do this, we need to know more about what you think of this blog. How do you use it? What could be better about it? Is there too much text, too many pictures of people in meetings? What else would you want? Opinion pieces from those working on the project? More general pieces? Or is everything just perfect?

Let us know right now by taking our CSI Blog Survey on Survey Monkey – it only takes a couple of minutes to complete!

Or write to us at with your feedback or ideas on how else we could be communicating with you with what you want to know.

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Foundation for the Future: the CSI looks back

Posted by civilsocietyindex on January 25, 2010

On Thursday 28 January 2009, Jacob Mati, Research Officer with the CIVICUS Civil Society Index, will address a conference organised by the Foundation for the Future in Amman, Jordan, 26th – 28th January. The conference focuses specifically on improving the link between research, policy and action in the civil society environment in the Broader Middle East and North Africa (BMENA) region, and marks the beginning of an ambitious new attempt to strengthen this link in the region.

During the two day conference, Jacob Mati will present a research paper entitled ‘Bridging research, policy and action in civil society strengthening initiatives: lessons from a decade of CIVICUS Civil Society Index implementation’, in which he will reflect on some of the challenges and opportunities faced by the CIVICUS CSI.

The regional conference also serves as an opportunity for the CSI team to identify next steps and partners in leveraging greater support for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. During the current 2008-2010 phase, Bahrain, Djibouti, Jordan, Lebanon and Morocco all targeted implementation of the CSI in their countries in the MENA region.

The paper presented by Jacob Mati will be posted on this blog later in the week.

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Knowledge is power: CIVICUS and the Human Development Report

Posted by civilsocietyindex on January 21, 2010

On 11 January 2009, CIVICUS attended a consultation with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in order to share perspectives from global civil society with the office responsible for the 2010 version of the Human Development Report. The Human Development Report, which incorporates the Human Development Index, is the universally recognised annual publication on the state of human development globally.

With the Human Development Report office shaping the content and methodology for 2010 and future years, Carmen Malena, director of CIVICUS’ Participatory Governance programme, took the opportunity to reflect upon some of the successful experiences of the CIVICUS Civil Society Index and how they could contribute to other processes of knowledge generation about empowerment, democratic participation and governance.

Image reproduced from the UNDP HDR website

During the consultation, CIVICUS:

• outlined how the Civil Society Index experience of creating a space for self-reflection has also practically helped redress imbalances of power and inequality and strengthened civil society;

• congratulated the Human Development Report team on their efforts to recognise and promote participatory knowledge creation, a principle which has underpinned the Civil Society Index since its conception and initiation in 1999;

• explored how CIVICUS and UNDP could cooperate on taking them further;

• outlined the centrality of a political perspective in the Civil Society Index, and reiterated support for the idea that the Human Development Report should address real dynamics of power in its consideration of participation, civil society, democracy and good governance.

You can read the full submission made by CIVICUS (PDF, English only) by clicking here.

Do you have thoughts on how the Civil Society Index findings and methodology could influence other global measures of participation, governance, and civic activism? Share them with us at

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The Civil Society Index: what difference does it make?

Posted by civilsocietyindex on January 19, 2010

The CIVICUS Civil Society Index (CSI), now in its tenth year and third project phase, is currently undergoing an external assessment of its impact. Commissioned in July 2009, the external impact assessment is exploring the changes which the Civil Society Index contributed to as a result of implementation between 2003-2006.

The impact assessment, being carried out by Skat Management, an independent consultancy based in Switzerland, will evaluate the extent to which the Civil Society Index project has had a meaningful impact in a number of areas. The CSI impact is expected to be assessed in six key areas:

  • Impact on knowledge creation and sharing;
  • Impact on knowledge based actions;
  • Impact on sector collaboration;
  • Impact at regional level;
  • Impact on donor policies and programmes;
  • Impact on the National Coordinating Organisation (NCO) and other project participants.

The impact assessment is using a range of methodologies to analyse the extent of impact, including desk review, individual interviews, focus group discussions and a series of six field study assessments carried out by consultants in six countries implementing the CSI in 2003-2006: Bolivia, Indonesia, Italy, Turkey, Uganda and Ukraine.

Not all of the CSI's impact is easy to spot

Following an internal impact assessment carried out by the CSI project earlier in 2009, efforts to evaluate the CSI’s impact represent a significant new step towards enhancing the CSI project planning process, as well as ensuring that donors and civil society stakeholders can hold CIVICUS to account for project implementation.

The findings of the 2003-2006 external impact assessment, which will be made publicly available through CIVICUS early in 2010, will shape and guide the CSI methodology and strategic focus in future phases of implementation. In particular, the impact assessment will develop a set of recommendations for the most effective use of CSI findings in order to further improve the ‘action’ component of the CSI action-research project in future phases.

The CSI’s external impact assessment forms one component of a broader CIVICUS-wide commitment to impact analysis and better planning, implemented through its new Impact and Planning Learning Framework (IPLF), established in July 2009.

Do you have signs of impact or stories of change from the Civil Society Index project which you want to share? If so, let us know at

Check back here and on our website homepage at in the coming weeks for the findings of the external impact assessment.

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Katsuji Imata “on what is missing in between”

Posted by civilsocietyindex on January 13, 2010


Katsuji Imata, Deputy Secretary General (Programmes) at CIVICUS World Alliance for Citizen Participation, spoke recently with Anna Mazgal from OFOP, the Polish Federation of NGOs, on how civil society organisations can find common ground against a backdrop of very different global challenges.

You can read the interview in full by clicking here.

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Armenia Advisory Committee convenes for second time

Posted by civilsocietyindex on January 11, 2010

On 8th December 2009, Counterpart International Armenia, implementing partners of the Civil Society Index (CSI) in Armenia, convened the second meeting of the Advisory Committee. The Advisory Committee is composed of representatives from civil society, government, the private sector, media and academia who, in addition to their supportive oversight function, also act as ambassadors for the CSI project.

During the meeting, members of the Advisory Committee compared the ‘perception diamond’ – their expectations of the state of civil society, prepared prior to the project research – with the final CSI diamond which Counterpart International Armenia has now produced from the quantitative data generated through the CSI.

The discussion, which added depth and richness to the findings so far, will now contribute to the qualitative analysis offered in Armenia’s final country report.

You can view videos on other CSI activities undertaken by Counterpart International Armenia by clicking here.

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