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Want to implement the CSI?

Posted by civilsocietyindex on April 8, 2010

The CSI team will be reviewing and revising the framework of the CSI project in the next weeks and months, and we’re hoping to have news on the next phase of the CSI – and what it will look like – soon.

But in the mean time, if you’re interested in implementing the CSI in the next phase, let us know now by completing an (extremely short!) form and sending it to us at

Click here to download the form as a Word document.

The document will also soon be available here in French and Spanish.

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CIVICUS teams up with Heidelberg University to deliver global comparative analysis of civil society

Posted by civilsocietyindex on February 26, 2010

Since the beginning of current phase of the Civil Society Index (CSI) project, CIVICUS and the Centre for Social Investments of Heidelberg University (Germany) have been aiming towards delivering high quality comparative analysis of the state of global civil society. Since signing a memorandum of understanding and the finalisation of the formal details of the partnership in January 2010, the two institutions have been stepping up their joint work as they set about delivering world class analysis from the results of the 2008-2010 phase of implementation.

Last week, the partnership took a new turn, with Jacob Mati and Tracy Anderson from the CIVICUS CSI joining Professor Helmut K. Anheier, Dr. Michael Hoelscher and Dr. Hagai Katz for a three-day meeting at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. During the meeting, the two institutions set out plans and timelines for delivering the outputs of the CSI research, and plotted a way forward to make sure that the findings of the CSI reach a global audience.

Also in attendance at the meeting was Anael Labigne, winner of the 2009 Civil Society Index Essay Contest. The Essay Contest celebrated the launch of the CSI Indicator Database in September 2009, which pulls together the findings of the 2003-2006 phase of implementation. The Indicator Database is free to use, easily searchable by indicator, and serves as one example of how the Civil Society Index findings have been made available in previous phases.

During the meeting in Berlin, CIVICUS and Heidelberg University recognized the need to find creative ways of addressing new and emerging audiences of the CSI, while continuing to guarantee rich comparative analysis of the state of civil society.

To help achieve this, participants considered numerous inputs from CSI partners, stakeholders and audiences on the possible thematic and regional focus areas of the comparative analysis. In total, 12 in-depth submissions were gratefully received by CIVICUS from external partners in response to the CSI call for suggestions and expressions of interest.

In the weeks and months ahead, CIVICUS and Heidelberg University will continue with renewed energy in their discussions on the research publications and in delivery of outputs planned for the end of 2010 and early 2011.

 Do you have thoughts on how the CSI findings can be brought together and analysed across regions and themes? What outputs or publications would you like to see?

Email us at

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‘Examples of violence within civil society’: Essay Contest winner announced!

Posted by civilsocietyindex on February 3, 2010

The CSI team is delighted to announce that Anael Labigne has won the CSI Indicator Database Essay Contest and will scoop a prize of USD $500. The essay contest was opened in September 2009 to celebrate the launch of the Civil Society Index’s interactive Indicator Database, which for the first time puts together in a single place the data generated on global civil society from the 2003-2006 phase of implementation. Over 200 people have now registered for free to use the database, which is easily searchable by indicator.

Anael’s essay, titled “Examples of violence within civil society”, uses the data and information on violence generated by the Civil Society Index to contribute to the broader debate on the role of civility in ‘civil society’. Placing an emphasis on the need for empirical research to underpin conceptions of civil society, Labigne outlines that ‘instead of arguing for or against a normatively charged civility concept, I propose to evaluate the indicator of non-violence within the civil society sector arena surveyed by the CSI 2003-2006 data’.

Anael is currently a PhD candidate at the Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies, where his research focuses on the historical question of the role of ‘civility’ in society. On learning that he had won the award, Anael commented that:

“Working in the academic field is an ambivalent privilege. On the one hand, I do like research. On the other, it is often abstract and, especially as a young scholar, you sometimes ask yourself about the relevance of your every day work in the real world. The CIVICUS Civil Society Index is a scientific project that helps to dampen down this paradox and an essay contest gives the possibility to contribute in a more tangible way.

“I want to find out more about violence and civility in a transnational context. From a sociological point of view these are highly contested and difficult concepts. There are good reasons to differentiate between various forms of violence and this essay attempts to do just that by looking at empirical examples. Of course data does not speak for itself, but it can’t be underestimated in research. This essay and a lot of other research projects across the globe would not have been possible without CIVICUS’ commitment to this extensive Civil Society Index.”


Anael Labigne, Winner of the 2009 CSI Indicator Database Essay Contest

The essay contest forms one part of the CSI team’s strategy to encourage widespread empirically-based reflection on the state of civil society, as well as wider and deeper use of the findings of the Civil Society Index. 

It is expected that the data generated from the current 2008-2010 phase of implementation will be collated together in a similar database towards the end of 2010 when it becomes available.

Visit the CSI Indicator Database and register for free by clicking here.

Download Anael’s essay in full by clicking here.

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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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Final reminder: Win US$500 with the CSI Indicator Database!

Posted by civilsocietyindex on December 2, 2009

This is a final reminder to get in your entries to the Civil Society Index Essay Contest by 15 December 2009, in order to stand a chance of winning $500 USD.

The essay contest celebrates the launch of the Civil Society Index Indicator Database, a user-friendly way of accessing the findings and indicators from the 2003-2006 phase of the Civil Society Index project. Participants in the essay contest are asked to write on one specific indicator, bringing further life and depth to our understanding of one aspect of civil society.

The winning entry, due to be announced shortly after the 15 December deadline, will earn the participant $500 USD. Full guidelines, which all entrants should read, can be downloaded by clicking here.

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Tell us what you think of the CSI blog!

Posted by civilsocietyindex on November 4, 2009

csi_computerThe CSI team is reviewing the way we communicate with our audiences and partners ahead of 2010. As part of this process, we are keen to hear from you what you think about the CSI blog, including how you think it could be better and what changes we could and should make.

We’d therefore be extremely grateful if you could take 5 minutes to complete an online survey by clicking here.

We hope that in 2010 we can continue to improve the way we engage with you!  


The CSI Team


PS: This is the 100th post on the CSI blog! Thank you to all partners and stakeholders who have contributed to this blog, and keep those links, profiles, signs of impact, photos and articles coming…

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Posted by civilsocietyindex on November 3, 2009

Our thanks go out to all those who’ve submitted an entry for the Civil Society Index Essay Contest.

However we’ve received a number of requests for the deadline to be extended, given that it initially only allowed a small window for prospective entrants. So, in the interests of encouraging as many entries as possible, the CSI team has decided to extend the deadline for entries until December 15th 2009.

Please click here to see the requirements and guidelines for the contest.

We look forward to receiving your entry and announcing the winner, who will be awarded $500 USD!!

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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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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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Request for content: e-CIVICUS’ Special Issue next week on ‘UN Conference on Economic Crisis and Its Impact on Development’

Posted by civilsocietyindex on June 10, 2009

The June 19th edition of e-CIVICUS will focus on the three-day UN summit to be held in New York from 24 to 26 June 2009, the purpose of which is to assess the worst global economic downturn since the Great Depression.


If you want to contribute an article or comment for this Special Issue of eCIVICUS, please send your contributions to by 15 June 2009.

Both the English and French editions of e-CIVICUS will go out simultaneously next week, so that readers have enough time to read the Special Issue before the summit.

Thank you in advance for your contributions!

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