Government policies around the world squeeze the sector

The hostile rhetoric and regressive policies of governments around the world is stopping non-governmental organisations speaking out and is limiting their freedom to manage their own finances. So claims a report from Charities Aid Foundation, released 22nd May, describing a wave of policies weakening the independence of not-for-profit organisations.

CAF press release, or download ‘Future World Giving: Enabling an Independent Not-for-profit Sector’ direct (pdf 353KB) at It also includes recommendations, under the headings Advocacy, Financial management and A mutually beneficial relationship.

We covered an article from Open Democracy earlier this year which had some similar conclusions, for example “The global trend toward shrinking civil society space is not temporary, but rather part of a broader shift in international life”.

UPDATE: Also see Third Force News editorial Defend our right to speak out