April 22, 2024

The launch of the 2017 CIVICUS State of Civil Society Report

Every year the CIVICUS State of Civil Society Report examines the major events that involve and affect civil society around the world.


The reports firstly aim at reviewing the past yearfocusing on the space for civil society and the impact of a resurgence of right-wing populist politics, the right to express dissent, protest movements and civil society’s international-level actions – while also concentrating on the civil society and the private sector.


The report is of, from and for civil society, drawing from a wide range of interviews with people close to the major stories of the day, a survey of members of CIVICUS network of national and regional civil society coordination and membership bodies and 27 specially-commissioned guest articles on different aspects of the theme of civil society and the private sector.


The report also draws from CIVICUS Monitor, the online platform that tracks the space for civil society – civic space – in every country, and the Enabling Environment National Assessments (EENA), a civil society-led analysis of legal, regulatory and policy environments.


The 2017 State of Civil Society Report highlights a global emergency on civic space as democracy is being undermined by right-wing populist and neo-fascist leaders, all of these while the power of businesses continues to grow, having a greater impact on all spheres of life than ever.


It is also a time when just 3% of the world’s population live in countries with “open” civic space, meaning that the exercise of their freedoms of expression, association and peaceful assembly is not being unduly restricted.


We invite you to consult this year’s full Report at the following link: http://www.civicus.org/index.php/state-of-civil-society-report-2017 .

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