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Building understanding in Georgia

Posted by civilsocietyindex on May 19, 2010

On March 26 the Caucasus Institute for Peace, Democracy and Development (CIPDD) organised a National Workshop in the framework of the CIVICUS Civil Society Index in Georgia.

The National Workshop aimed at building a common understanding of the current state of civil society and a joint action agenda for civil society strengthening initiatives.

At the workshop, CIPDD presented results of the conducted research. Participants worked in small groups and afterwards presented results of their joint work in the plenary sessions. 

 The event was organized in the office of the Open Society Georgia – Foundation.


Click here to check out the original story and the website of the CSI partners in Georgia, the Caucasus Institute for Peace, Democracy and Development (CIPDD).

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National Workshop convened in Uruguay

Posted by civilsocietyindex on November 16, 2009

On Thursday 29 October, the Instituto de Comunicación y Desarrollo (ICD) held their CSI National Workshop in Montevideo, Uruguay. The meeting brought together over 60 actors from civil society, government institutions, the media, the donor community and academia to discuss the findings of the CSI and to identify initiatives for strengthening civil society.


Some of the most relevant results so far include the finding that the level of participation in Uruguay is growing, although the levels of individual activism on political questions is at the same time very low. The results also highlighted an environment and socio-political context which is highly conducive for civil society, with over 80% of civil society organisations claiming not to have encountered restrictions from government, and with 50% believing that current legislation is enabling.



Uruguay is only the second country to hold its National Workshop, following Turkey earlier this year. The Civil Society Index in Uruguay is being developed within the framework of a project called “Strengthening of Civil Society in Uruguay”, which is a joint programme between the government and the United Nations.


To read more about the implementation of the CSI National Workshop in Uruguay (Spanish only), click here.

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First Advisory Committee meeting in Macedonia

Posted by civilsocietyindex on November 13, 2009

MCIC logoAfter a delayed start due to funding constraints, the Macedonian CSI Advisory Committee held its first meeting at November 4, 2009. Please see below for some pictures of the event. And to follow the CSI implementation in the country, please click here or visit the link to MCICs CSI implementation pages in the right-hand sidebar of this blog.

At the AC meeting, the members of the Committee had the opportunity to acquire information about this action-research project which assesses the state of civil society in different countries around the world. The thorough discussion allowed them to determine the main social and political issues in Macedonia, the topics for case studies as well as the key persons that will be interviewed during the later phases of the research.

Part of the discussion was dedicated to the definition of civil society that will be used for the purposes of the research and to the categories of civil organizations.

The members of the Advisory Committee made the preliminary assessment of the civil society by evaluating the sub-dimensions: civil engagement, level of organization, practicing values, perceived impact and the external environment.

The CSI project was successfully implemented in Macedonia for the first time during the period 2003-2006 phase of implementation. The result of the project was the most comprehensive research of the civil society in Macedonia that has ever been conducted. The use of standard methodology allowed comparing civil societies around the world which apply the Index.

The Macedonian Center for International Cooperation is the national coordinating organisation of the project for Macedonia. It is expected that the new research will be completed by July next year.

Macedonian Center for International Cooperation (MCIC)
PO Box 55, 1060 Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
Phone: + 389 (0)2 3065-381 ext. 138/139
Fax: + 389 (0)2 3065-298


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AC members identifying the key thematic issues in Macedonia


Discussion of the civil society definition in Macedonia

MP  Trade Union identify themes for case studies

Identifying case study topics


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Sharing the CSI paper and photos from the ISTR conference in Taipei

Posted by civilsocietyindex on November 10, 2009

Below are some more pictures from Tracy and Jacob from the CSI research team, who recently presented at the Regional ISTR Conference in Taipei, Taiwan.

We would also welcome interested parties to download the paper that the CSI team presented about CSO accountability with findings from the ten Asia Pacific countries that implemented in the 2003-2006 phase.  You can get a copy of The State of Civil Society Accountability in the Asia Pacific Region: Insights from the CIVICUS Civil Society Index here.


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Group shot: seated are Tracy Anderson, Jacob Mati, Abalika Kutty, Naoto Yamauchi; standing are Midori Matsushima and Naoko Okuyama


Jacob presenting at the event

CSI panel: midori

Midori talking about the prelimiary findings of the CSI surveys in Japan

Ambalika and Tracy

Ambalika and Tracy relaxing in Taipei


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Partner Profile of the Week: ZCSD in Zambia

Posted by civilsocietyindex on October 22, 2009

Congratulations to our partners, the Zambian Council for Social Development (ZCSD), who have been enjoying great successes in implementing the CSI in Zambia. Below their profile, you can find some pictures from recent CSI activities undertaken in the country.

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The ZCSD is an umbrella organisation of more than 100 civil society organisations whose main goal is to promote vibrant, independent and well coordinated civil society organisations in the country.

The mission for ZCSD is to promote and facilitate sustainable, social-economic development through collaboration and networking among Non Governmental Organisations, Community based organisations, strategic partners and stakeholders.

The vision for ZCSD is to improve lives for the vulnerable where people are healthy, educated, motivated and empowered to make informed choices.

Since its formation in 1974, ZCSD has aimed at giving support to civil society organisation, networking and strengthening member linkages, advocating and policy work as well as internal capacity building.
To live up to its mission, ZCSD has undertaken activities mainly focused on:

  •  providing relevant information, resources and support to CSOs. The special emphasis on this area is placed on youth and women organisations concerning their rights and ability to effectively and freely operate.
  • Collaboration with CSOs and CBOs. Its emphasis is placed on youth and women organisations in Zambia and in the region. This area has paved way to provide institutional and technical support the Zambia Social Forum and other Social Movements.
  • Building capacity of key CSOs including youth and women organisations in the nine provinces of Zambia to understand and advocate on key policy issues affecting them; and strengthen ZCSD research, popularisation, dissemination and advocacy on relevant policies.
  • As well as well as ensuring that the organisation is recognised as a credible and independent advocacy civil society organisation amongst the national CSOs, INGOs and donors as well as ensuring a professional and competent ZCSD secretariat in terms of staffing, offices and management systems.

On a regional level, ZCSD as a national umbrella body represents Zambian civil society in a number of international and regional bodies most notably the SADC Council of Non-Governmental Organisations (SADC CNGO), lobbying for greater influence for civil society, and tackling important issues such as Human Rights and Good Governance on a regional and national level.

In the field of research, ZCSD is currently conducting a research on the Civil Society Index Project to assess the state of civil society organisations in Zambia through CIVICUS.

Contact information
No 11 Azikiwe Cresent Northmead.
P: Box 32997 Lusaka Zambia
Telefax: +260 211 236219
CSI contacts: Chimfweembe Mweenge (, Lois Kayumba (


Focus groups

At a CSI regional focus group meeting

group photo for the mansa FGM

Group shot of the focus group meeting in Mansa

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Meeting CSI implementers at the CIVICUS Partner Events

Posted by civilsocietyindex on September 23, 2009

Here are some pictures of some of our current CSI implementers, who were at CIVICUS Headquarters in Johannesburg, South Africa this week and last week  for the CSW, LTA and AGNA partners meetings.


In the CIVICUS Indaba room for the LTA meeting

CSW woman

At the CSW workshop at the cottages: In this picture, you can see CSI partners Luis from RNNDL (Nicaragua), Feliciano from SINERGIA (Venezuela) and Giang from CECODES (Vietnam)

Analia and addys

Analia from ICD (Uruguay) and Addys from Alianza ONG (Dominican Republic), enjoying a little Latin America gathering while in Joburg


Tracy from the CSI team and Roina from SUNGO (Samoa) pointing to Samoa’s position on the CSI implementation roadmap for this phase


Feliciano from SINERGIA (Venezuela) talking with Ingrid Srinath, Secretary General of CIVICUS


Out and about in Johannesburg: CSI partners in this photo (from left to right, include Consuelo from CEMEFI (Mexico), Analia from ICD (Uruguay), Addys from Alianza ONG (Dominican Republic) and Amy from the CSI team

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Pictures from the CIVICUS Global Crisis and Civil Society meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa

Posted by civilsocietyindex on September 20, 2009

After a successful three day workshop with CSW’s Early Warning System September 17, 18 and 19, the remainder of the CIVICUS AGNA and LTA delegates from all over the world joined us in Johannesburg, South Africa for today’s meeting on the Global Crisis and Civil Society.  Below are some pictures from the event:


Ingrid Srinath, CIVICUS Secretary General, addressing the group

Group shot

Participants listening to the preliminary talks

Participants were all smiles!

All smiles!

Group work

Working in smaller discussion groups

Ingrid and Anabel

Ingrid and Anabel Cruz (Chair of the Board of CIVICUS) sharing a laugh

Keep your eyes on this blog as well as the CIVICUS website ( for more pictures, updates and outcomes from the various meetings happening this week at the CIVICUS offices in Johannesburg! 

A reminder of the remaining events this week:

  • Monday, 21 September: CIVICUS Legitimacy, Transparency and Accountibility (LTA) Workshop
  • Tuesday, 22 September: CIVICUS Affinitity Group for National Associations (AGNA) Annual Meeting
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    CSI Focus Groups in Uruguay

    Posted by civilsocietyindex on September 10, 2009

    The implementation of the CSI in Uruguay continues full steam ahead, with our partner ICD conducting the first of seveal focus groups in the country.  Here are some pictures from their first focus group meeting, held in Montevideo.  

    Focus group 1

    Participants at the first of several regional focus groups in Uruguay

    Focus group 2

    Group work during the focus group meeting

    More focus group meetings are planned for the month of September in a variety of locations around the country, with the National Workshop and country report not too far away.

    Keep up the good work!


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    CSI Training Workshop in Belarus

    Posted by civilsocietyindex on September 8, 2009

    Below you can find some pictures from the recent CSI training workshop in Minsk, Belarus on September 3-5, 2009, which was conducted by CSI team member Amy Bartlett. The training was well attended by government, academics, international NGOs and Belarusian civil society representatives, as well as our CSI partners in Russia.  It was a great opportunity to train various participants and launch the project, as well as getting many stakeholders involved in the implementation of the CSI in the country. Thank you to all who participated for your hard work, and we look forward to working with you to implement the CSI in Belarus!

     Belarus training

    Opening of the training workshop

    Working group

    Working groups, reviewing the CSI indicator matrix


     CSI Project Coordinator, Dr.Iouri Zagoumennov from SCAF, speaking at the workshop

     OSCE reps

    Representatives from the OSCE, who are helping to finance the project in Belarus


    Our simultaneous Russian-English translators


    Brainstorming about civil society in Belarus


    Independence Square in Minsk, outside of the workshop venue


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    CSI implementation in Russia taking off!

    Posted by civilsocietyindex on August 31, 2009

    runningAfter being recently incorporated into the current phase of the CSI, the implementation in Russia is now off and running, with the first AC meeting already being completed! HSE has posted several photos and documents from the AC meeting online (in Russian), which you can access below:

    Report and videotape from the first Advisory Council (AC) meeting are placed at the web-site of the State University – Higher School of Economics:  

    Photo report about the event is located here:

    Report from the roundtable “Civil Society Indexes and Ratings for Assessment of the Russian Civil Society: Existing Tools and 2009 Research” of the inter-committee working group of the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation on preparation of the annual report on the state of civil society in Russia:

    Congratulations on all your hard work
    and early successes!

    And for other partners, be sure to share your online news and resources as well– all reports, photos and news links are always welcome!

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