Sector bodies across the UK have worked together to create the Open Government Pioneers Project, aiming at strengthening civil society’s influence on opening up the devolved governments and pushing progress towards sustainable development goals.
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.
A study into volunteering and democracy in former Soviet Union countries found that increased civil liberties lead to higher levels of volunteering, rather than the other way round.
An article on Third Sector Research Centre’s blog goes into a little more detail on the research behind whether volunteering is an outcome or a driver of democratisation. A linked full article ‘Civil liberties and Volunteering in Six Former Soviet Union Countries’ in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly requires a subscription or one-off payment.
Several new digital technology reports and articles of interest.
Sector think-tank NPC has published ‘Tech for common good – The case for a collective approach to digital transformation in the social sector’, in order to effectively tackle social problems.
The 2015 edition of the global ‘State of Civil Society’ report has been published by Civicus.
At the time of writing, Civicus website pages are appearing blank in VoluntaryNews web browsers. The pdf downloads work fine, but without a content index for the full 377 pages we can’t quickly summarise it for you!
Civil society engagement with the data revolution needs to go beyond opening up existing public data – article and discussion paper invite response. Continue reading Helping reshape the data revolution for society