Challenges and innovation for global civil society

The latest annual review of civil society around the world has been published by Civicus, looking at its working conditions and drawing on a range of perspectives from experts and activists.

As reported by Civil Society News, last year was a dismal one for civil society around the world, seeing widespread demonisation of civil society activists.

Civicus’s own news release gives key points as

  • Addressing exclusion is an urgent political issue, which gained renewed emphasis with the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015.
  • In the past year, civil society responded to profound human rights abuses caused by conflicts and worked to alleviate human suffering in the wake of disasters, yet faces major challenges including dubious attempts to silence dissenting voices.
  • CIVICUS documented serious violations of the freedoms of association, expression and peaceful assembly in 109 countries over the course of 2015.
  • In an increasingly unequal world where human rights are being undermined, civil society is challenging exclusion in innovative ways.

The publication page for the ‘2016 State of Civil Society Report‘ has links to an executive summary (24 pages, 3.4MB pdf), 33 guest essays on the theme of ‘exclusion and civil society’ (various pdfs), as well as report sections and the full report (467 pages, 13.4MB pdf).