CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation

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Image Courtesy of CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation

CIVICUS is an international alliance dedicated to strengthening citizen action and civil society around the world. The organization focuses on three main areas:

  • Protecting the rights of civil society;
  • Strengthening civil society good practices; and
  • Increasing the influence of civil society.

CIVICUS undertakes a variety of projects in each of the aforementioned areas including the creation and implementation of the Civil Society Index (CSI). The CSI is a participatory needs assessment and action planning tool for civil society around the world, with an aim of creating a knowledge base and momentum for civil society strengthening initiatives.

Within the CSI, states of civil society in their national context are assessed along four basic dimensions using a structured methodology:

  • The structure of civil society;
  • The external environment in which civil society exists and functions;
  • The values practiced and promoted in the civil society arena; and
  • The impact of activities pursued by civil society actors. 

These four dimensions can be represented graphically as the Civil Society Diamond. To learn more about the CSI and/or CIVICUS, check out their website, follow them on Twitter @CIVICUSalliance, and Like them on Facebook.

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