The state of the internet in 2012/13′ from a civil society perspective

Summary As more people gain access to the internet, its diversity, reach and value increases. Therefore it follows that a central concern of civil society everywhere must be how affordable, inclusive and free the internet is.[1] Individuals, institutions and organisations all...
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Messages that make an impact: Rethinking civil society communication strategies

Think of the recent Arab Spring and the Occupy Wall Street mobilisations: the vast and diverse sphere of what we call civil society bubbles, with action, ideas, and emotions. In the face of an unprecedented global crisis, affecting job markets and the cost of living, and food...
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Writers, civil society, freedom of expression and the enabling environment

This chapter outlines the role PEN International plays as a global writers’ organisation in promoting freedom of expression and international exchange between writers, readers and civil society actors. It explores the important role played by cultural actors in civil society...
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Civil society and protest in South Africa: A view from 2012

Introduction On 16 August 2012, the South African Police Services (SAPS) shot and killed 34 striking mineworkers at Marikana, near Rustenburg. The world watched in horror as images of the police shooting semi-automatic live rounds at the strikers were broadcast across...
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Empowering workers by realising trade union rights

Introduction Trade unions are membership-based civil society organisations (CSOs) that aim to defend the occupational interests of workers and to address economic and social policy questions of direct concern to workers. The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) is a...
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Resistance and Solidarity: Cambodian CSOs confront a repressive draft law on associations and NGOs

At the end of December 2011, in a surprise move, Cambodia’s Prime Minister, Hun Sen, agreed to delay by two years the adoption of a controversial proposed law governing the activities of civil society and non-governmental organisations (NGOs).  Cambodian civil society...
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The Legal and Regulatory Framework for Civil Society: Global Trends in 2012

The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) has worked on the legal framework for civil society in over 100 countries. In this contribution to the CIVICUS State of Civil Society Report, we examine three global trends that ICNL observed in 2012: 1) barriers to foreign...
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The struggle for an enabling environment for Civil Society Organizations in Brazil: One step forward, two steps backwards?

by Abong[1] The development of an enabling environment for Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Brazil has been a key goal for the Brazilian NGO Association – Abong – since its creation more than 20 years ago. During the past decades and along with partner organisations, Abong...
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Neither a Ponzi nor a Patzer be – Time for a New Role Model

For many of us in civil society, 2012 will be memorable for Rio+20 and, for the older among us, the less-than-spectacular summit in June 2012 was not as much the 20th anniversary of the Earth Summit of 1992 as the 40th anniversary of the world’s first big environmental jamboree –...
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Working with the Ministerial Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation: promoting an agenda for a CSO enabling environment in 2013

Launching the CSO Platform for Development Effectiveness In December 2012, just over a year since the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness (HLF4), more than 50 civil society organisations (CSOs) gathered in Nairobi, Kenya from around the world, and from rural,...
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