State-Society Relations: The prospects for the New Deal Engagement in addressing an enabling environment in conflict-affected and fragile states

Summary This chapter looks at the relationship between the state and groupings in society that oppose it in conflict-affected and fragile countries and how state-building and infrastructures for peace can play a role in strengthening or weakening the enabling environment of CSOs....
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Building Community-led Resilience: Enabling conditions to improve CSO capacities

Summary Despite concerted effort at both the international and national level over more than 20 years, activities in support of disaster risk reduction, which emerged with the aim of reducing the human and economic cost of disasters, have failed to flatten the continuing upward...
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Freedom of Expression vs. Hate Speech: A European Youth Campaign

‘Hate speech’ is an irreducibly complex and contested idea, weighted against competing rights in different ways in different legal traditions and jurisdictions; dependent on different understandings of speech and its potential consequences; framed by varying and conflicting...
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Challenging Participatory Governance in the Pacific Region: Experiences from the CIVICUS PG Project

Introduction The Pacific Islands are made up of 22 countries and territories with relatively small population sizes and unique governance systems. Traditional authorities, civil society and the church have historically played instrumental roles in the development of communities...
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Tracking the Growth of Organised Community Philanthropy: Is it the missing piece in community development?

Summary It’s time the mainstream development sector listened more closely to the voices – quiet, passionate, credible and deeply-rooted – of local community philanthropy. These small institutions are routinely overlooked by large donors, but they are an essential part of...
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Official Donors’ Engagement with Civil Society: Key Issues in 2012

Introduction For over a decade, a number of donors who are members of the Organisation for Economic Development and Cooperation (OECD) Development Assistance Committee (DAC) have been gathering informally to discuss the subject of civil society. Originally dubbed...
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Silencing Voices and Dissent in Canada

Summary In the past six years, civil society in Canada has witnessed a broad and deep decline in the space afforded to organisations working on the progressive side of the policy agenda. Since 2010, Voices-Voix, a Canadian civil society organisation (CSO) coalition has been...
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The rights of persons with disabilities: promoting full and equal participation

It is estimated that over one billion people, 15 percent of the world’s population, have some form of disability.[1] Further, “the World Health Survey estimates give a female prevalence of disability nearly 60 percent higher than that for males.”[2] The increasing rate of...
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Enabling Human Rights Defenders

The landmark adoption of the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders in 1998[1] gave formal international recognition to the essential role played by human rights defenders (HRDs). The clear assertion that there is a right to defend human rights was a recognition of the...
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Key Factors Shaping an Enabling Environment for Women’s Rights Organisations

Introduction Women’s rights organisations and groups are a critical component of the global civil society landscape. They reflect a rich diversity of organising structures in civil society: whether formally registered or not, operating at multiple levels – community, national,...
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