CIVICUS Civil Society Index

An international action-research project by and for civil society

The CSI Team

Civil Society Index (CSI) Team
Johannesburg, South Africa


Tracy AndersonTracy Anderson: Civil Society Index (CSI) Research Officer

Tracy Anderson is a Canadian citizen who joined CIVICUS in November 2008 as the CSI Research Fellow from Aga Khan Canada. She completed her Master of Arts in Criminology at University in British Colombia, Canada specializing in psychological trauma and the death penalty. Her areas of interest include human rights, international criminology, and conflict and peace studies. Previous to joining CIVICUS, she volunteered and interned for such organizations as Amnesty International (USA and Canada), the Coalition for the International Criminal Court, and Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation in Ireland.

Mariano de Donatis: Civil Society Index (CSI) Programme Officer

Mariano is an Argentinean citizen who joined CIVICUS in April 2010, having lived and worked in Argentina, Ireland and the United Kingdom. Mariano holds a Masters in Social Policy and Development at the London School of Economics and Political Science and B.A. in Economics at the Universidad de Buenos Aires. Mariano has over six years experience working with NGOs in developed and developing countries where he obtained a very strong background in the dynamics and working conditions of civil society organisations in different contexts. Mariano had a previous professional career in multinational financial corporations. He maintains a particular interest in how to leverage CSO impact and make bottom-up development a reality.


SinqobileSinqobile Dube: Civil Society Index (CSI) Support Officer

Sinqobile Dube joined CIVICUS in November 2008 as a Support Officer for the CSI, and after spending some time working with CIVICUS’ IANGO programme, she is again back serving as the CSI Support Officer. Sinqobile holds a Diploma in IT (Information Processing). Prior to joining CIVICUS, she worked in various positions in the administration and technical industry (computer and telecoms). She is currently completing a BSc in Software Engineering.

Yosi Echeverry Burckhardt: Civil Society Index Officer

Yosi Echeverry Burckhardt, a true cosmopolitan, recently re-joined CIVICUS as Civil Society Index Programme Officer. Yosi previously worked as Civil Society Networks Associate and acting-Coordinator in 2008, and has since then completed a MSc in Violence, Conflict and Development Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies. Yosi also holds a BA in Middle East and Arabic studies, and has lived several years in the Middle East.


Megan MacGarry: Civil Society Index (CSI) Programme Officer

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.

Jacob MatiJacob Mati: Civil Society Index (CSI) Research Officer

Jacob is a Kenyan citizen who initially came to CIVICUS through a VSO-CIVICUS partnership as a Research Associate for the CIVICUS CSI project in 2006 and since 2007 has served as the Civil Society Index Research Officer. Jacob has published academic and operational papers on a range of issues on civil society and development. Prior to joining CIVICUS, Jacob worked for/offered consultancies to various civil society organisations and an academic institution (IDS-University of Nairobi) in Kenya and India on Research, Development planning and Management, Policy Advocacy, Monitoring and Evaluation, and Organisational Development. He has studied in various universities and institutes including Moi University-Kenya, Kenya Institute of Administration (KIA)-Kenya, African Fund for endangered wildlife (AFEW), Organisation of Social Science Research for Eastern and Southern Africa (OSSREA) Research methodology Institute at the University of Addis Ababa-Ethiopia, University of the Witwatersrand-South Africa, and the Global Labour University at Kassel University-Germany. Jacob holds a Master of Arts degree in Development Studies from the University of the Witwatersrand-South Africa and a BA (Hons) degree in Political Science and Economics from Moi University-Kenya, besides certificates in Disaster Management, Community Conservation Education, and Social Science Research Methods. He is currently studying towards a PhD in Sociology at the University of the Witwatersrand. His dissertation focuses on the power and limits of social movements in promoting political and constitutional changes with the Ufungamano Initiative in Kenya as a Case study.  


Mark Nowottny: Civil Society Index (CSI) Programme Officer

Mark is a UK citizen who joined CIVICUS in October 2009 to work on the Civil Society Index Programme. With an academic background in politics, he holds a BA in Social and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge and an MA in Latin American Politics from the Institute for the Study of the Americas, University of London. Prior to joining CIVICUS, Mark worked as Project Officer for the Commonwealth Foundation’s Culture Programme, where he facilitated research and advocacy on the connections between culture and development. He has also worked for the Independent Jamaican Council for Human Rights, and maintains a particular interest in Caribbean civil society.

LeratoLerato Pagiwa: Civil Society Index (CSI) Communication and Outreach Intern
Lerato joined the CIVICUS CSI Programme as an intern in the Communications and Outreach team in July 2010. Prior to joining CIVICUS, she worked as a programme officer on various projects with NEPAD and African Monitor. Lerato holds a BA in International Relations and Media Studies from the University of the Witwatersrand and is currently a BA Honours student in Development Studies at UNISA, with particular interest in governance and sustainable development policy.

                                                       Ikechukwu                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ikechukwu Nwokedi: Civil Society Index (CSI) Research Intern
Ikechukwu is a Nigerian citizen with an undergraduate background in Geography. He is currently studying for a master’s degree in environmental sciences at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. He is involved in other academic duties including; teaching assistant duties at the School of Animal, Plant and Environmental Science, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. He is also contributing his environmental and administrative skills at a wildlife rehabilitation centre (Freeme Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre) in Paulshof, Sandton, Johannesburg. He has a strong interest in waste recycling, GIS and report writing particularly for stakeholders (i.e. sustainability report) .


13 Responses to “The CSI Team”

  1. Henrique Joaquim said

    I am a portuguese researcher and I’m interested in your evaluation system – Civil Society Index. How could he have access to your instruments and participate in your network?
    best regards

    Henrique Joaquim

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  4. Greg Rooney said

    Dear Mark, thanks for your reply. I thought I would get an email and so just looked at this site again. So that was May 24th and the final touches were being done. Now its July 29th and I’m wondering what happened. We are very interested in the evaluation as we were proud that ACCESS and Yappika’s work with the CSI at the regional level in Indonesia was highlighted by the evaluation team. Now we would like to see what they said and, if anything, what they recommend.
    Please let me know and please send me an email
    Thanks again
    Greg Rooney

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    • Greg Rooney said

      I work for ACCESS in Indonesia and with Yappika on the
      CSI at district level.
      When will the impact study be available?

      • civilsocietyindex said

        Hi Greg

        Thanks for your comment and question. We’re actually in the process of putting the final touches and edits to the impact study, and we hope to have it ready in the next week or two. Once it is available publicly, we’ll of course post it here on the blog, as well as on the CIVICUS website.

        I hope this helps, and thanks for your interest!

        The CSI Team

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  10. Dear all,

    I am a university teacher and also an executive of a development NGO called ICA Bangladesh. We are very interested in working on CSI index in Bangladesh. Is CIVICUS intersted of doing this research in Bangladesh?

    I am looking forward to hearing from you soon.

  11. Dear all,

    I am a development advisor of German Developmen Service working with civil society organizations in North and South Sudan. My office is located in Sudanese Development Initiative Abroad (SUDIA) a local NGO working on capacity development of SCO and research. We would be interested in working on CSI index in Sudan. We are quite sure that third donor funding for this operation could be gained in Sudan. Is CIVICUS intersted of doing this research in Sudan? Please come back to me to follow-up this issue.

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