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2022 CIVICUS State of Civil Society Report

June 27, 2022

Welcome to the 2022 State of Civil Society Report from CIVICUS, the global civil society alliance. This year's report, the 11th in our annually published series, takes a new, condensed and more accessible format. In January 2022, CIVICUS launched CIVICUS LENS, our rolling commentary and analysis initiative that covers the key current stories involving and affecting civil society. This report draws from and summarises that analysis, directly informed by the voices of civil society around the world. It offers a snapshot of civil society's world as it stands at the mid-point of 2022: a world characterised by crisis and volatility, where regressive forces are mobilising a fierce backlash, but where dogged civil society mobilisation is still winning vital battles.

Against The Wave : civil society responses to anti-rights groups

November 1, 2019

This report is from and for civil society, based on the voices and views of many CIVICUS members, civil society activists, leaders, experts and other stakeholders, as well as collaborative research and media coverage of anti-rights. All conclusions and recommendations drawn are however the views of the CIVICUS secretariat only and do not necessarily reflect the views of the individual contributors.The report mainly focus on what are the anti-rights groups and what do they do (why do they matter and why are they rising more and more, how are they distinct from Civil Society, what are the key tactics and strategies of these anti-rights groups), and how the Civil society can fight back, with key tactics and strategies of their own, to defend universal human right, excluded groups - such as women, LGBTQI people, migrants, refugees and minorities - and social justice.This report also exists in French ( and in Spanish (

Access to Resources for Civil Society Organisations in Latin America

August 1, 2019

In this report, we present a summary of our findings, which we hope will contribute to depicting the funding landscape for CSOs in Latin America. We do so with the ambition of stimulating debates based on empirical evidence, rethinking civil society funding practices and promoting actions that democratise access to predictable flows of resources to strengthen the autonomy, sustainability and diversity of civil society.

Civil Society Index-Rapid Assessment (CSI-RA): Sierra Leone

February 1, 2014

Civil society has seen huge growth in its size and spheres of activities in Sierra Leone since the end of the war in 2002, more than at any other time in the country's history. Civil society in Sierra Leone today be categorised into four types, which have different aims. First, there are not-for-profit, membership-based professional bodies, which this study calls professional associations. These organisations largely seek the welfare of their profession. A second category of CSOs is that of not-for-profit service delivery and development organisations. These CSOs largely seek grant and contract funding to attend to service delivery gaps. A third category are CSOs that are primarily concerned with the pursuit of good governance and the maximisation of citizens' economic, social, political and civil rights. In this study these are called civic organisations. The fourth category of CSO is labelled in this study as social clubs or mutual benefit organisations. These are membership-based organisations that focus on providing welfare benefits for their members.

The state of civil society in Ghana: an assessment

January 1, 2006

Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition (GACC), in collaboration with West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI), conducted an assessment of civil society in Ghana in 2013 using the CIVICUS Civil Society Index: Rapid Assessment (CSI-RA) approach. The CSI-RA is a participatory, actionoriented research project that aims to help civil society organisations (CSOs) assess their conditions in different contexts. The Ghana CSI-RA looked at five areas: CSOs' focus and areas of specialisation, CSO relations and networking, resource mobilisation and sustainability, impact, and citizens' participation and activism.