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Zambian Sectoral and Regional Distribution of Civil Society

Posted by civilsocietyindex on February 23, 2011

The case study on the Sectoral and Regional Distribution of Civil Society in Zambia was carried out in Zambia by the Zambia Council for Social Development (ZCSD), the Civil Society Index (CSI) project partner in Zambia.

 The case study was aimed at identifying the sectoral and regional distribution of civil society in Zambia. It shows the different CSOs in Zambia and how they are distributed between sectors and regions. One of the hypotheses that the case study was based on was that civil society organisations operating in Zambia are fairly balanced in their distribution across regions and sectors.

 The study found that education, youth and child development organisation have the highest number of CSOs in Zambia at 43% and this could be attributed to the fact that these 3 areas are a key priority for donors at the moment. It was interesting to note that the Health and Nutrition, Gender, Agriculture, Land and Trade thematic Groups stood at less than 10% and this could have a lot to do with the criteria employed by the donors when allocating funds. The concentration of CSOs is high in the sectors that receive more funding.

The need for Apex NGOs and ZCSD to come up with a programme to promote vibrancy and migration of CSOs to regions outside the line of the railways was noted as one of the recommendations in the case study. Another recommendation was that there is a need for ZCSD to consider realigning its membership register to sectors and regions, so that it can be easy for any development player to make use of such a register to avoid duplication of interventions by others, especially when planning for activities.


The full case study can be accessed here


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Accountability in Zambian Civil Society

Posted by civilsocietyindex on February 22, 2011

The case study on the accountability of Zambian civil society was carried out in Zambia by the Zambia Council for Social Development (ZCSD), the Civil Society Index (CSI) project partner in Zambia.

The case study on accountability sought to “generate information on the status of accountability in a selected sample of civil society organisations in Zambia. That is, its will investigate if there are any accountability mechanisms, how they are employed to enhance accountability among CSOs in Zambia, and what improvements are necessary to increase the practice of values.”

The study has shown that CSOs need both internal and external accountability mechanism for them to for fill their role as the third sector of government. Evidence shows that there are a number of accountability mechanisms in place. These include financial and administrative mechanism, policy and procedures manual, holding of AGMs and submitting of annual returns to the register of society. The CSOs have strived, even under difficult circumstances, to ensure accountability. However this cannot be said for all of them, as there are still pockets of CSOs that are still facing difficulties in this area. The study is of the view that the accountability process in Zambia have inbuilt weakness as there more inclined to saving the interest of the most influential and powerful interest groups such as donors. The study therefore concludes that there is need to look beyond technical managerial accountability mechanisms and focus more on enhancing participatory accountability processes with emphasis on empowering the beneficiaries.

Some of the recommendations from the report include: CSO self-accountability mechanisms and that from outside the sector should be supportive of each other; CSO self-accountability mechanisms should not only focus on financial and administrative processes of accountability, but more on enhancing participatory approaches, and that Accountability should enhance stakeholder participation in governance. Future programmes should focus on the root causes of weak accountability relationship between CSOs and the beneficiaries.

To read the full case study, click here

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Nicaragua Case Studies

Posted by civilsocietyindex on February 14, 2011

Our Nicaragua Civil Society Index partner, Red Nicaraguense por la Democracia y el Desarrollo Local (RNDDL), has completed the compilation of their five case studies for the 2008-2010 phase of the project. The case studies will contribute to the compilation the Nicaragua Analytical Country Report that is soon to be published.

To read the full case studies (in Spanish), please follow the links below:

“La Practica de la Transparencia en la Sociedad Civil Nicaragüense: La Experiencia de La Cuculmeca”

“La redes sociales en Nicaragua: La Experiencia Organizativa de La Red de Mujeres Contra la Violencia”

“El Voluntariado en Salud Comunitaria: La Experiencia de la Asociación de Promotores de Salud y Parteras Nueva Guinea”

“La Incidencia en Politicas Ambientales: La Experiencia del Centro Humboldt”

“El Comité de Desarrollo Municipal de Kubra Hill: Una Experiencia de Concertación entre el Estado y la Sociedad Civil”

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Armenia Case Study: Impact of Environmental Organisations on Policy Change

Posted by civilsocietyindex on August 30, 2010

The CIVICUS Civil Society Index Partner in Armenia, Counterpart International, has published their case study on the Impact of Environmental Organisations on Policy Change in Armenia. This case study was conducted as part of the CIVICUS Civil Society Index programme that Counterpart International implemented in Armenia. The study looks into the lobbying and campaigning that the environmental CSOs do in order to get their issues on the decision makers’ agendas. Armenia CSOs relationship with governmental entities has improved through this lobbying and government increasingly solicits CSOs input on various policies that have environmental implications.


The study found that environmental CSOs have a wide range of partners they work with in Armenia and abroad and this has given them the ability to lobby and campaign for policy change with more support. In order for the CSOs to be more effective, it was found that it was imperative that they use a proactive strategy and not one that is reactive to the policies already  implemented.

To read the full case study click here IMPACT-Eng_web

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Armenia Case Study: Financial Sustainability

Posted by civilsocietyindex on August 12, 2010

The CIVICUS CSI implementing partners in Armenia, Counterpart International, have posted Youtube videos in which they speak about the case studies that they chose to undertake as part of the implementation of the index in Armenia. In the videos, Lusine Hakobyan (national coordinator for implemenation of CSI at Counterpart International) and Mane Tadevosyan (researcher) speak about the process of selecting the cases studies and the findings of the research that they conducted. They also speak to the implications of the findings and how they contribute to developing civil society in Armenia. Below is one of the video diaries on the case study on financial sustainability of civil society organisations in Armenia.

To read the full case study click here FIN-Eng_web

To read the Armenia Country Report from the 2003-2006 phase, click here

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