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Power, Persistence and Partnerships for the Global Goals: Insights and Recommendations from the Goalkeepers Youth Action Accelerator

October 7, 2019

The Goalkeepers Youth Action Accelerator is a youth-led and multi-partner global programme dedicated to accelerating progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It brings together a pioneering and truly inspiring generation of 26 young and diverse leaders to address the world's major challenges. These leaders create impact by sharing powerful stories, analysing data, forming robust partnerships and ultimately holding governments accountable for their SDG promises.This brief shares key outcomes, reflections and recommendations from the young people who have taken part in the Youth Action Accelerator programme. It suggests ways of ensuring strengthened and more meaningful youth engagement across partnerships, policies and programmes, specifically in the areas of resourcing, health, climate change and technology.

Shifting Power And Resources To Grassroots Movements: Findings from consultations with activists and funders, July 2019

July 1, 2019

The question of how grassroots groups and activists based in the global south can mobilise adequate support to overcome the growing ecological, social, political and economic challenges they face and achieve positive change is a serious one that requires our attention. These groups face significant challenges in accessing key resources (financial and otherwise) to sustain their work.CIVICUS embarked on a consultation process to identify, in a participatory way, possible mechanisms that would increase the scale and quality of resources, both international and domestic, for groups and movements. Over the course of five months, we have had the privilege to learn from activists, organisers, young leaders and progressive funders from around the world about resourcing challenges, and to sense-check solutions and co-create scenarios based on lived experiences, bold ideas and deep understanding of social problems.This consultation is an attempt to move conversations forward at a practical level, exploring options that, pulled together, could help start a radical transformation in the range and quality of resources accessible to grassroots groups. As well as sense-checking the relevance, appeal and feasibility of emerging concepts, the process itself has been significant. These early explorations have directly engaged the groups that we seek to better resource, including a cross-section of grassroots activists, the financial arms of social movements and other strategic partners.

State of Civil Society Report 2019

March 1, 2019

The annual State of Civil Society Report analyses how contemporary events and trends are impacting on civil society, and how civil society is responding to the major issues and challenges of the day. This is the eighth edition of the report, focusing on actions and trends in 2018. This report is of, from and for civil society, drawing on over 50 interviews and guest articles from civil society activists, leaders, and experts, as well as CIVICUS' ongoing programme of research, analysis and advocacy. In particular, it presents findings from the CIVICUS Monitor, an online platform tracking conditions for civil society in 196 countries.

Contested and Under Pressure: A Snapshot of the Enabling Environment of Civil Society in 22 Countries

March 28, 2017

The EENA research reveals that in many cases, CSOs are not free to act without the state's permission. This is the case even in several countries where notification regimes exist on paper but do not apply in practice, as state agencies, officials and security forces assume powers to veto CSO activities. The impact of these constraints is to absorb the energy and resources of civil society, and reduce its ability to respond creatively to the challenges of the day.The EENA process demonstrates a willingness by civil society around the world to engage actively in improving the conditions for citizens' participation. It also indicates that in very diverse contexts, similar issues are being encountered, suggesting potential for enhanced cross-civil society working and the international sharing of good practice to overcome common challenges.

State of Civil Society Report 2016

March 22, 2017

Each year the CIVICUS State of Civil Society Report seeks to celebrate the achievements of civil society, understand the conditions it works in and encourage action to address the challenges it encounters. In addition to reviewing the civil society landscape as a whole, every year the report has a special theme. This year's focus is 'exclusion and civil society'.

Southern Philanthropy, Social Justice and Human Rights

April 1, 2016

In this discussion paper, based on interviews with 12 innovative foundations based in the global south, CIVICUS examines the question of how philanthropists in the global south could better support the activities of human rights and social justice CSOs. This paper has found that there is a nascent local culture of institutionalised philanthropy for human rights and social justice causes in the global south, but so far it is not sufficiently developed to bridge the gap left by reducing support from foreign donor agencies and increased government restrictions on the receipt of funding.

State of Civil Society Report 2015

July 1, 2015

Glimpses into the amazing work being done by our colleagues in civil society to address some of the most urgent global issues. From humanitarian response to long-term peacebuilding, civil society is often at the frontline of the world's challenges. The report is also full of worries, especially when it comes to the political space in which civil society operates and vital resourcing for its activities.This year's report is aimed not just at mapping the nature of the challenges in these two areas but also acts as a guide for our members -- and others -- to come up with their own responses. You will see there are actionable recommendations after each section.

Best practices in youth engagement with intergovernmental organisations: a case study from the Rio+20 process

January 1, 2015

The emergence of youth issues on the international agenda is closely related to the emergence of sustainable development, to the extent that it could be said that a concern with young people is at the core of sustainable development. On one hand, the term sustainable development introduced the concept of future generations, which can be interpreted both as generations to come and the current generation of young people,1 and on the other hand, through sustainable development processes, youth and youth issues came into the focus of decision-makers.2 Stability and sustainable development cannot be achieved without taking into account the voices of young people and without addressing fundamental aspects of their wellbeing. The aim of this contribution is therefore to present the challenges and good practices in the engagement of youth with intergovernmental organisations (IGOs), particularly the United Nations (UN), through analysis of the Rio+20 process and to provide broader recommendations for improving global governance. Although the recommendations for engaging with youth are aimed at IGOs, they are equally applicable to CSOs.

State of Civil Society 2014: Reimagining Global Governance

September 1, 2014

The State of Civil Society Report 2014: Reimagining Global Governance draws on contributions from more than 30 of the world's leading experts on civil society as well as on inputs from our members, partners, supporters and others in the global CIVICUS alliance. The varied contributions highlight changing global political dynamics, an emerging disillusionment with global frameworks of governance and a fundamental lack of accountability within international decision-making.The report also contains the findings of a pilot project, based on research conducted with more than 450 Civil Society Organisations, which assesses how well intergovernmental organisations engage civil society.

Engaging with the media

January 5, 2014

The aim of this guide is to help you get your message across to a wider audience when talking about sustainable development and the post-2015 development agenda. For each communications objective you may have a number of target audiences, but each individual message should clearly target one audience. Differentiating between types of audience is important. It helps you focus your message and the methods you can use to get it across.

Advocacy Toolkit: Influencing the post-2015 Development Agenda

January 5, 2014

This document is for civil society and other stakeholder organisations, coalitions and individuals that wish to influence the post-2015 development agenda, including the design of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It aims to equip you with relevant information and tools to enable you to develop and implement an effective post-2015 advocacy strategy. You can either follow its step-by-step approach or simply consult the tips, tools and case studies most relevant to your existing activities. Engaging with the media, is a companion to the toolkit which provides a guide to the strategic use of the media and social media in the context of post-2015 advocacy.

Civil Society Rapid Assessment: Liberia

January 1, 2014

More than a decade since the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in Accra, Ghana, Liberia continues its long walk to restoration and reconciliation. Though Liberia has stayed relatively stable and peaceful in the post-conflict period, challenges remain. Many of the structural causes of the war persist, including political and economic elitism, powerful patronage networks, systemic and wide-ranging corruption and high levels of youth unemployment. The government is continuing to enact a number of reform initiatives to try to transform these structural conditions, including on-going efforts to reform the security sector, and the establishment of the Liberian Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) and the Constitutional Review Committee (CRC). Across all of these areas, civil society is an evolving and important counterpart that can bring diverse voices to the table, as well as serve as a check on government power. New laws and policies have helped to boost the role of CSOs. Laws such as the Freedom of Information Act, passed in 2010, provide opportunities for CSOs to engage more with government.It is within this context that Search for Common Ground-Liberia (SFCG-Liberia) and WACSI conducted a research study between June and November 2013 to assess the changing landscape for CSOs in Liberia. This study aims to capture the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, needs and challenges faced by CSOs, including community based organisations (CBOs), across Liberia.The research commenced with desktop research and advisory group meetings to begin generating indicators and interview questions for key informant interviews. These would serve as the backbone of the research. Indicators and questions were then finalised and validated at the adaptation workshops.Together with WACSI, SFCG-Liberia conducted 116 key informant interviews of individuals from 40 CSOs across 11 counties: Bomi, Bong, Gbarpolu, Grand Bassa, Grand Cape Mount, Grand Gedeh, Lofa, Margibi, Montserrado, Nimba and Rivercess. Individuals interviewed included executive directors, finance managers, programme managers and volunteers. The data collected from the interviews were then transcribed and input into a database to facilitate analysis and enable disaggregation of the data based on location and other important qualifiers.