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Archive for March, 2010
Posted by civilsocietyindex on March 31, 2010
Posted by civilsocietyindex on March 26, 2010
Below, Sinqobile Dube (Civil Society Index Support Officer) and Megan MacGarry (Civil Society Index Programme Officer), discuss some of the work being undertaken by the CSI project to better monitor and evaluate (M and E) the strengths and weaknesses of the project and of implementation.
Check back here in the next fortnight for the External Impact Assessment Report of the 2003-2006 phase of implementation, as well as for further video updates from different members of the CSI team.
Click here to find out more about CIVICUS’ monitoring and evaluation (M and E).
Posted by civilsocietyindex on March 24, 2010
On 27th and 28th March 2010, CIVICUS will deliver training on the methodology and implementation of the Civil Society Index project to L’Espace Associatif, the CSI implementing partner in Morocco.
During the two-day training session in Rabat, Julia Sestier, Civil Society Index Programme Officer at CIVICUS, will outline the key steps required to successfully carry out the project and work with partners to adopt the CSI methodology.
Implementation in Morocco has recently taken off, with strong support from UNDP and the Moroccan Ministry of Social Development, Family and Solidarity. Click here to find out more about the project’s progress in Morocco.
Posted by civilsocietyindex on March 19, 2010
Click here to find out more in e-CIVICUS from Ingrid Srinath, the Secretary General of CIVICUS, about the restructuring process currently going on at CIVICUS.
The CIVICUS Board is also in the process of elections, and has now released the list of nominated candidates for the 13 positions available. Click here to find out more.
More information on these two processes will continue to be available at www.civicus.org.
Posted by civilsocietyindex on March 17, 2010
Elected in 1998, Hugo Chavez’s Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela is now more than a decade old. What does the civic environment look like now in Venezuela, and what threats exist to civil society?
One of the five dimensions of the Civil Society Index explores this: the ‘civic environment’. Now, SINERGIA, the organisation implementing the CSI in Venezuela, has also released an additional report on threats to civil society. The report, covering the period from October – December 2009, comes within the framework of CIVICUS’ Early Warning System, a project initiated by CIVICUS’ Civil Society Watch programme which aims to monitor and assess threats to civil society and practices and legislation restrictive to civil society, before and as they emerge.
You can download the full report from SINERGIA by clicking here.
Posted by civilsocietyindex on March 15, 2010
Below, Mark Nowottny, Civil Society Index Programme Officer, takes his turn to highlight some of the key developments in the CIVICUS Civil Society Index project over the last couple of weeks.
In the coming weeks, the External Impact Assessment Report from the CSI will be posted here on this blog – check back here soon.
You can find out more about the Cross Border Initiative between Armenia and Turkey by clicking here.
You can find out more about Megan MacGarry, the CSI team’s new Programme Officer working on Research, Monitoring and Evaluation, by clicking here.
Keep checking the CSI blog for fortnightly updates from different members of the Civil Society Index team!
Posted by civilsocietyindex on March 9, 2010
The quantitative findings of the Civil Society Index project in Albania, captured in the CSI diamond, initiated discussions about the state, strengths and weaknesses of civil society in Albania at the end of February and early March.
In a series of three focus groups organised by the Institute for Democracy and Mediation (IDM), the CSI implementing partner in Albania, participants in Shkoder (22nd February), in Vlore (26 February) and in Elbasan (3 March) engaged in discussion about the five dimensions along which the CSI assesses the state of civil society: civic engagement, perception of impact, level of organisation, practice of values and environment.
In all the meetings, participants were quick to underline the CSI’s finding that CSOs continue to face transparency issues and that there are challenges in achieving impact. Interestingly, participants also underlined the CSI finding that citizens are most keen to do voluntary work for political parties, in spite of having the least trust in them.
The discussions from the focus group will now inform and contribute to the final analytical country report which will be presented to the National Workshop in draft form in coming months.
Posted by civilsocietyindex on March 8, 2010
L’Espace Associatif, partenaire de l’Indice de la Société Civile (ISC) au Maroc, a commencé à mettre en œuvre le projet, en partenariat avec le PNUD et MDSFS.
L’Espace Associatif, CSI partner in Morocco, are now beginning to implement the project, in partnership with UNDP and MDSFS.
Posted by civilsocietyindex on March 5, 2010
Implementation of the Civil Society Index project in Malta has accelerated in recent weeks. On Thursday 25 February, representatives from different sectors – including civil society, academia, the media and government – came together for the first meeting of the Advisory Committee in the country. Participants discussed their perceptions of the strengths and weaknesses of civil society in Malta. Participants also validated the definition of civil society adopted by the project, as well as discussing and beginning to identify some of the areas to be investigated by case studies.
The People for Change Foundation, the CSI implementing partner, are now advancing quickly with the implementation of the research activities, and have already gathered much of the required data from the Organisational Survey, one of the three survey tools which the CSI project uses to help generate the CSI ‘diamond’, a visual representation of the state of national civil society.
You can find out more about the implementation of the Civil Society Index in Malta by clicking here to visit the People for Change Foundation’s CSI website.
Posted by civilsocietyindex on March 3, 2010
The CSI team would like to welcome our new CSI Programme Officer, Megan MacGarry, to the CIVICUS CSI secretariat in Johannesburg. Megan will be bringing her skills and experience to drive the project to better monitor and evaluate its work, as well as contributing to the research activities of the project.
Megan is a South African citizen who previously worked at the Centre for Development and Enterprise, a policy think tank in Johannesburg, as a researcher. Prior to this, she worked on numerous research and development projects through the University of KwaZulu Natal, covering a range of topics from industrial development policies to informal sector worker protection strategies, as well as in the role of Development Economist at Urban Econ in Durban, South Africa. Megan holds a Bachelor of Social Science (BSocSci) degree in Political Science and English and an MA in Development Studies, both from the University of KwaZulu Natal, Durban.
You can find out more about the current members of the CSI team by clicking here.