CIVICUS’ State of Civil Society Report 2015 workshop
In partnership with the CS Mott Foundation, Ford Foundation and the Open Society Initiative in Southern Africa (OSISA) we would like to invite you to an event on CIVICUS’ State of Civil Society Report 2015, followed by a workshop to discuss CIVICUS’ upcoming tools to evaluate civil society conditions.
The State of Civil Society Report 2015 offers a comprehensive picture of civil society and the conditions it works in around the world. Packed full of cutting edge analysis on the key trends in civil society, this year’s report focuses on the theme of ‘resourcing of civil society’ with essays from nearly fifty leading civil society experts and practitioners from around the world.
The State of Civil Society Report examines the key sites of citizen action in 2014/2015 from Burkina Faso to Hong Kong while highlighting the value of civil society response in humanitarian crises such as the Ebola epidemic and violent conflicts in Syria and the Central African Republic. The report also focuses on the documented clampdown on civic freedoms in all regions of the globe and the funding crisis for ‘change seeking’ civil society organisations, particularly in the global South.
Over the past year, CIVICUS has tracked major threats to civil society in 96 countries, illustrating the severity of global shrinkage of civic space and its significance as a cross cutting issue. The scale of curtailment demands the need for tools that continually track the conditions for civil society in real time. CIVICUS is currently developing the Civic Space Monitor and the Civic Pulse building on our existing methodologies. During an afternoon session our team will present these approaches to tracking civic space and convene a roundtable discussion to get your views on how they could be refined and taken forward.