Protestor at Jan Satyagraha 2012, a 350 km march between Gwalior and Delhi, for landless farmers Source - Yann

The changing role of the voluntary development sector in India

Overview of the voluntary sector in 2012 2012 was a year full of challenges and also new opportunities for the voluntary sector in India. A country that has a very long tradition of volunteerism faced numerous domestic challenges, which demanded that Indian voluntary...
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CIVICUS Civil Society Enabling Environment Index – an invitation to join the dialogue

CIVICUS believes that there is an urgent need to identify and track systematically enabling and disenabling trends in the contested environment for civil society. It has therefore proposed that a Civil Society Enabling Environment Index (EE Index) be designed. For CIVICUS,...
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The Communal State: Increasing restrictions to civil society rights and individual liberties

 A legal and regulatory framework for civil society Background Since 2002, different steps have been documented that have been taken by the Venezuelan government to impose restrictions on civil society rights.  In that year, for the first time, the Inter-American Human Rights...
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Enabling environment for civil society in Kyrgyzstan: recent developments

This chapter discusses how new and significant recent trends affected the enabling environment for civil society in 2012 in Kyrgyzstan, and the different actors involved in these trends. It draws connections between trends in Kyrgyzstan and key global changes affecting...
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Russian civil society is holding out

Background: changing regimes and foundations for civil liberties Civil society: these words still sound strange in Russia. Notions of personal freedom and the rule of law that have shaped the notion of civil society are not found in the strong Byzantine tradition prevailing...
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How international rules on countering the financing of terrorism impact civil society

CFT vs. CSO?[1] The Arab uprisings galvanised ‘pro-democracy’ governments in the West into a reaffirmation of their commitment to supporting civil society organisations (CSOs) working under repressive and authoritarian regimes. A Strategic Dialogue with Civil Society was launched...
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The US Government’s Enabling Environment for US-based International NGOs

Introduction The critical breakthrough contained in the Busan Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation is the expressed and detailed recognition of the role of civil society in development, as actors championing, and more importantly living out, democracy and civic...
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Entrenching Democratic Ownership in Africa: Opportunities and challenges

In the lead up to the Fourth Busan High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in 2011, one of the key achievements noted by African countries from the review of the implementation of the 2005 Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness was the presence of a nationally owned development...
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Civil Society at a Crossroads: The impacts of political changes over the past two years

Finally, after several years of denial by many in our sector there is a burgeoning recognition that indeed this is a time of major changes where the parameters of the past are being questioned, where global challenges have emerged that are key to our survival – whether...
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To be or not to be: the government, donor and CSO triangle in the Ugandan environment

This article looks at the thorny trends in the political – donor–CSO relationship within the CSO operating environment. This chapter highlights some current difficult issues in these relationships. It gives a synopsis of several corruption incidents and challenging factors for...
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