• 25 years later, looking back at my CIVICUS journey


    by Anabel Cruz, Board Chair 2016-2019

    Anabel Cruz Action ShotIn early 1993, democracy was rather “young” in many parts of the world. Only less than four years had passed since the fall of the Berlin Wall; Apartheid had not yet been totally dismantled and the first elections in South Africa held with universal suffrage were to happen the year after, in 1994. At the same time, the early nineties saw several countries in Latin America taking their first steps towards elected democracies, after more than a decade of military dictatorships.

    Internet did not exist yet, and global communications were something at least very new, slow and difficult. Only one year earlier, in 1992, a professor of sociology at the University of Aberdeen had described globalisation as the compression of the world and the intensification of the consciousness of the world as a whole.

    So, in that context, isn’t it really admirable that a group of individuals, from diverse regions and parts of the world, came together to found CIVICUS, as a global alliance of civil society organisations? Those visionaries defined the mission of the new Alliance as: “to strengthen citizen action and influence, based on the underlying principle that free and effective societies exist in direct proportion to their degree of citizen participation and influence." (CIVICUS Organising Committee, minutes Lisbon meeting January 1993).

    Today, more than 25 years later, this mission is still valid and current, and it is also our permanent challenge. Freedom, participation and solidarity remain as one of our basic goals and fundamental values.

    My 25-year journey with CIVICUS

    As I reflect on my own journey with CIVICUS, a series of images come to my mind, and I relive my first contacts with CIVICUS like one of those high-speed movies. I learned of the new organisation in the first months of 1993: while helping to consolidate local democracy, civil society organisations in Latin America were seeking new international horizons and collaborations.

    I never imagined that my visit to Independent Sector in Washington DC, at that moment hosting the recently founded Alliance, would result in such a long-lasting and enduring relationship. For the last 25 years, I have had the privilege of following and participating in CIVICUS history, its achievements, challenges, strategies and course corrections, from diverse positions: I have been a member, a partner, a Board member, the Chair of Board in two different opportunities.

    One of CIVICUS first successful steps was probably its first international meeting. Soon after the organisation was founded, in 1995, the first CIVICUS World Assembly took place in Mexico City: 500 people from more than 50 different countries came together to learn about the new organisation and to have conversations on how to strengthen citizen action and cooperation opportunities. Since that moment, 16 global events have been organised in all parts of the world, global gatherings for civil society to connect, debate and create shared solutions, now known as International Civil Society Week (ICSW). The most recent one, in Belgrade, Serbia happened just last month, and was a vibrant gathering attended by over 700 delegates from 92 countries.

    From the very beginning, CIVICUS prioritised activities such as networking, information-gathering and building the capacity of existing and new national and regional associations. Consistent with this, the Affinity Group of National Associations (AGNA) was one of CIVICUS’ first, and still enduring, programmes, bringing together national associations and regional platforms from around the world for more than 20 years to foster greater cooperation across boundaries.

    Building civil society knowledge in a changing world

    From its inception in 1993, CIVICUS has sought to make a significant contribution to recording the rise of civil society around the world, and to building a knowledge base on civil society by civil society. A first World Report on Citizen Participation came out as early as 1995, intended to get a grasp on the state of civil society worldwide. Later in 1997 The New Civic Atlas was published, as a compilation of civil society profiles from 60 countries around the world. In order to provide consistency with regard to the issues covered and a more rigorous comparative framework and after a number of consultations, in 1999 CIVICUS was ready to launch a new idea, the Civil Society Index (CSI).

    I remember so well the words of former CIVICUS Secretary General Kumi Naidoo, reporting years later that participants of the CSI consultations had described the project as “an exercise in madness,” especially due to the lack of data on civil society in most countries, and the contested definition of civil society that would not allow comparisons or global analysis. But CIVICUS challenged the paradigms once again and the so-called Diamond Tool was presented in the CIVICUS World Assembly in Manila, as the preliminary methodological design for the CSI project.

    Subsequently, CIVICUS developed a fully-fledged project design and the CSI had its pilot phase from 2000 to 2002, with the CSI implemented in 13 countries. The evaluation of the pilot phase recommended modifications in the methodology and considered the Index project as “an innovative, contextually flexible, empowering and uniquely participatory tool for self-assessment by civil society stakeholders of the state of civil society in their countries” Two full phases followed, from 2003 to 2006, with the participation of 53 countries, and from 2008 to 2011, with the CSI implemented in 56 countries and also at regional level in six African countries.

    The results of the decade of CSI implementation yielded an enormous contribution to the body of knowledge about civil society around the world. The world was changing very fast, new actors burst onto the scene: The Indignados Movement in Madrid, the student protests in Chile and in other countries, the Arab Spring, all these new started to rise in late 2010 with peaks during 2011 and 2012. The CSI findings were clear and very well oriented, pointing out a noticeable disconnect between established civil society organisations and the increasing number of citizens involved in both new and traditional forms of activism. It does not come as surprise that the final CSI report title was “Bridging the gaps: citizens, organisations and dissociations” (2011) and concluded that the CSI needed to evolve to encompass the changing landscape.

    Conditions for civil society proved to be volatile and can change very rapidly, so information cannot be out of date. Indeed, more agile tools were needed, without compromising the rigor that characterized the CSI tool, in order to continue providing a leading barometer of that human impulse to freedom, justice and collective endeavour.

    CIVICUS has listened and has tried to respond to the changing situations and the multiple demands. The State of Civil Society Report, published annually since 2013 and the CIVICUS Monitor launched in 2016, are part of that necessary evolution. The State of Civil Society Report has become CIVICUS' flagship annual publication, providing the key trends affecting civil society organisations (CSOs) and citizen movements. Furthermore, the CIVICUS Monitor is a research tool aimed to share reliable, up-to-date data on the state of civil society freedoms in all countries. Danny Sriskandarajah, our Secretary General from 2012 to 2018, defined the CIVICUS Monitor as “the first robust and comprehensive tool to track conditions for civil society around the world”.

    The road ahead…

    CIVICUS is indeed one of the few organisations whose main job is to protect and promote civil society writ large, all over the world. And in the years to come, no doubt that CIVICUS will continue listening to our members, partners, to our primary constituencies and will always be ready to innovate, will work hard to understand realities to defend civic and democratic freedoms, to strengthen the power of people, and to empower a more accountable and innovative civil society.

    As we prepare to address new challenges, we are fortunate to find ourselves in a position of strength at CIVICUS: with a stable financial base, a committed and diverse board, a broad and growing membership and a talented secretariat team led by Lysa John, our inspiring new Secretary General. We have the best conditions to continuing strengthening citizen participation around the world.

    As I step down from the Board soon, I can only say how privileged and grateful I feel. Thank you for the opportunity of having served for so many years, for all the learnings, for the love and friendship that I have received, for having met the most committed people to justice that can exist. CIVICUS is about shared values, solidarity and inclusion. I will always be a champion for those values. Thank you CIVICUS!

    Anabel Cruz

    Chair of the Board of CIVICUS 2016-2019


  • Affinity Group of National Associations

    Affinity Group of National Associations

    Affinity groups are groupings of CIVICUS members that exist to take forward CIVICUS’ mission and values. The Affinity Group of National Associations (AGNA) brings together national associations from around the world to foster greater co-operation across national and regional boundaries and to increase their ability to collaborate on mutual areas of interest.

    The establishment of AGNA in 2004 was influenced by the realisation that national associations in countries around the world provide a collective voice for civil society in their countries and regions. It was recognised that national associations are unique in having few, if any, comparative organisations in their respective countries; their natural peers are geographically dispersed, so there is a need for an international forum to facilitate the exchange of experiences and best practices.

    AGNA was created to adress the following identified needs:

    • the need for an international citizens’ coalition;
    • to reverse the current understanding of capacity building characterised by a North to South flow of knowledge, information and experience sharing;
    • to provide a support network for national network leaders; and
    • to reduce the ‘re-invention of the wheel’ and improvisation in the leadership of NGOs/NPOs.

    How We Work
    The geographic representation of AGNA covers Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and North America. Currently, AGNA has representation in 77 countries around the world.

    To facilitate knowledge transfer between the bodies, AGNA members engage in peer-learning and activities generating from five major working groups: the enabling environment and government relations; legitimacy, transparency and accountability; governance; sustainability; and advocacy.

    The collective membership meets once a year during the Annual General Meeting, where they discuss the challenges, opportunities and priorities for the forthcoming year. The network is governed by a steering committee composed of 8 regional representatives, elected by members each year.

    AGNA Member Profiles
    AGNA Steering Committee Members
    Terms of Reference of Working Groups:
    Legitimacy, Transparency and Accountability; Advocacy; Sustainability and Resources; Enabling Environment and Government Relations; Governance and Membership

    Research and Publications

    Resource Guide for National Associations:
    Part 1: Understanding National Associations English | Spanish | French
    Part 2: Managing National Associations English | Spanish| French
    Part 3: Establishing National Associations English | SpanishFrench
    Part 4: Determining Institutional Structures English | Spanish | French
    Part 5: Running National Associations English | Spanish | French
    Part 6: Managing Institutional Relationships English | Spanish | French
    Also available in: Spanish; Russian; Chinese

    Snapshots of Civil Society in AGNA countries

    AGNA members give us a brief summary of the situation of civil society in their respective countries, with a special focus on their challenges and opportunities, as well as their resourcing situation.

    Argentina 2015 2016 | Bolivia 2015 |Bosnia and Herzegovina 2016 | Cambodia 2016 | Dominican Republic 2016Estonia | Fiji 2016 | Finland 2015 2016 | France 2016Ghana | Honduras 2016 | India 2015 2016 | Jamaica 2016 | Japan 2015 2016 | Jordan 2015 2016 | Kenya 2016Kyrgyzstan | Liberia 2016 | Lithuania 2016 | Macedonia 2016Mexico | Nicaragua - Kepa | Nicaragua – Coordinadora Civil | Nigeria 2016 | Norway 2015 2016 | Palestine 2016Philippines | Poland 2015 2016 | Samoa 2015 2016 | Scotland | Serbia | Solomon Islands | Spain | Tajikistan 2015 2016 | Turkey 2015 2016 | Uganda 2015 2016 | United Kingdom | Uruguay | Zambia    

    State of Civil Society Report 2016- AGNA report (English | French | Spanish)

    Joint Research

    Solomon Islands and New Zealand

    Mexico, Paraguay and Uruguay

    Joint research paper by SCVO and OFOP presented at ISTR Conference

    OFOPs ISTR Conference Report

    Reports from Peer Learning Exchanges

    Report from Peer-Learning on Advocacy & Campaigning December 2016

    Report from Global Civil Society Exchange November 2016

    Africa Meeting June 2014

    Report from Peer-Learning on CSO Accountability April 2014

    Report from Caribbean Peer Learning Exchange

    Report form IS Peer Learning Event by CANGO China

    Report from Peer-Learning Exchange NNNGO-SCVO

    Report on NANGO-SCVO Peer-Learning Event September 2009

    Reports from the Annual General Meetings and Workshops can be found here.

    If you would like to join AGNA, please review the membership criteria and, if you meet them, complete the application form. If you have any questions about the network, email .


  • AGNA Regional Members

    AGNA Regional Members


    REPONGAC: Réseau des Plates-formes Nationales d’ONG de l’Afrique Centrale/ Network of National NGO Platforms from Central Africa

    REPONGAC is a regional network of national platforms from Central Africa created in 2008 en Brazzaville by initiative of the national NGO platforms of Angola, Congo, Central African Republic and Rwanda. The network, with its Secretariat based in Democratic Republic of Congo, aims at promoting, developing and protecting national platforms and other networks of CSOs in the region to become legitimate and credible actors in their quest for real democratic systems. Their main areas of work area advocacy, capacity development and policy influencing. For more information, visit

    REPAOC: Réseau des Plates-formes Nationales d’ONG de l’Afrique de l’Ouest et du Centre/ Network of West and Central African NGO National Platforms

    REPAOC is a regional network of NGO platforms that was whose inception dated back in 2006 during the World Social Forum held in Bamako. It was institutionalised in 2007 in Dakar, Senegal. It consists of 14 National NGO Platforms. In total, it includes more than 800 local, national and international NGOs, working every day in the field with highly marginalized populations.  REPAOC intends to strive collectively to fight against poverty and for to promote human rights at regional and international levels in a background of increasing North-South, but also South–South inequalities. It has 4 objectives: Ensure greater representation for West and Central African NGOs at regional and international level, both governmental and non-governmental; Take collective stands with national, regional and international institutions by undertaking common opinion campaigns; Strengthen the organisation of NGO National platforms for developing services for members, to ensure greater co-action with national government bodies and guarantee independence of its members; and Help African civil societies to be heard in international media. For more information, visit



    WACSI: West Africa Civil Society Institute

    West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI), based in Accra, Ghana, is a non-profit organisation that was established by the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) in 2005. The organisation seeks to strengthen the institutional and operational capacities of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) through capacity strengthening programmes for increased and effective policy engagement, the promotion of development, good governance and democratic values in West Africa. It serves as a resource centre for training, research, experience sharing. The organisation seeks to enhance the capacity of civil society to adequately and effectively partner government and the private sector to achieve sustainable development in West Africa. For more information,


    ADA: Asia Development Alliance

    Asia Development Alliance (ADA) was created in 2013 as a new initiative that brings together leaders of national and sub-national CSOs platforms engaged in international development cooperation to promote effective cooperation and solidarity in addressing common development challenges in the 4 Asian regions. With its Secretariat in India, the main agenda of ADA is to share national and international experiences, analysis of international development agenda and processes, and strategic planning among national and sub-national platforms in cooperation with international CSO networks. More concretely, post-Busan High-level Forum on Aid Effectiveness, Post Rio+20, MDGs and G20 Development Agenda are expected to be addressed under the theme “Promote Asian Solidarity for the World We Want – Asian Civil Society Strategies on Global Development Challenges” in the context of Post 2015 process. For more information, visit

    The Americas and the Caribbean

    Rendir Cuentas

    Rendir Cuentas is a regional network of CSOs created in 2010 to promote the transparency and accountability for and by civil society in Latin America and the Caribbean. The group aims at establishing systematic self-regulation practices through peer-learning and the transference and adoption of voluntary and common standards. Rendir Cuentas is composed by 25 organisations form 6 countries sin the region working in two areas: I) Identification, analysis, systematization and dissemination of good practices; II) promotion of self-regulation practices within civil society. For more information, visit:

    RedLad: Red Latinoamericana y del Caribe para la Democracia/ Latinamerican and Caribbean Network for Democracy

    RedLad is a platform created in 2008 by more than 480 civil society organisations, networks, activists, academia, trade unions and social movements from Latin America and the Caribbean. The main objective of the platform is to strengthen democratic systems in the region, defend human rights and promote sustainable development and social cohesion. RedLad works in the areas of capacity development, knowledge generation and advocacy. For more information, visit   

    CPDC: Caribbean Policy Development Centre

    The Caribbean Policy Development Centre (CPDC) is a coalition of Caribbean non-governmental organizations with base in Barbados. It was established in 1991 to sensitize NGOs and the general public on key policy issues and to impact policy makers on decisions which put the interests of Caribbean people at the centre of the Caribbean development strategy.
    Since its inception CPDC has lobbied regional and international governments on behalf of the sections of the Caribbean populations whose voices are less heard. In doing so CPDC has become accepted as a significant social partner in the development of the region. For more information, visit


    ENNA: European Network of National Civil Society Associations

    The European Network of National Civil Society Associations (ENNA) was created in 2011 as an international not-for-profit association. ENNA is a membership organisation, bringing together organisations, platforms, and associations that work at a national level to promote the cross-sectoral interests of the not-for-profit/public benefit/civil society sector. ENNA’s members work across different sub-sectors of civil society. They work on topics that affect all not-for-profit actors regardless of whether they work solely on social issues, environmental issues, socio-cultural activities, or any other topic of societal interest. For more information, visit 


    ANND: Arab NGO Network for Development

    The Arab NGO Network for Development (ANND) is a regional network working in 10 Arab countries with seven national networks and 23 NGO members. ANND was initiated in 1997 and has its secretariat office in Beirut, Lebanon, since 2000. ANND’s program work focuses on advocating for social and economic rights in the Arab region. It works in three main areas: 1. development policies in the region, 2. social and economic reform agendas, which integrate the concepts of sustainable development, gender justice, and the rights-based approach, and the role of international and regional organizations, and 3. economic and trade liberalization policies and its social and economic implications. On a horizontal level, ANND makes use of networking, capacity building and sharing, provision of research and information materials, advocacy strengthening, coalition building, monitoring, evaluation, and engagement with policy-making processes and related institutions among civil society groups. For more information, visit


    PIANGO: Pacific Islands Association of NGOs

    The Pacific Islands Association of Non-Governmental Organisations (PIANGO) is a regional network of NGO focal points or coordinating bodies known as National Liaison Units (NLUs) based in 21 Pacific Island countries and territories. PIANGO was formally established in 1991 to assist NGOs in the Pacific to initiate action, give voice to their concerns and work collaboratively with other development actors for just and sustainable human development. PIANGO's primary role is to be a catalyst for collective action, to facilitate and support coalitions and alliances on issues of common concern, and to strengthen the influence and impact of NGO efforts in the region.
    PIANGO is based in Fiji and exists to enable the Pacific extended family of NGOs to more effectively promote and advance the interests and wellbeing of their people. More specifically, PIANGO is a network of Pacific NGOs, existing to facilitate communication, provide a common voice at regional and international forums, assist NGOs to strengthen and develop Pacific identities, unity, cultures and forms of social action, as well as to improve the wellbeing of the communities they serve. For more information, visit



  • CIVICUS Fellowship Programme

    The CIVICUS Fellowship Programme is an exciting new venture in which key experts will be placed into national and/or regional organisations for the period of two years. Host organisations will be selected from CIVICUS’ Affinity Group of National Associations (AGNA), which brings together national and regional associations from across the globe to foster greater co-operation and increased ability to collaborate on mutual areas of interest. The primary aim of the programme is to promote knowledge exchange and learning, and build the capacity of both the host organisation and their members by providing specialised support in a particular focal area. Examples of these focal areas include research, fundraising, communications, project management, advocacy and network management.

    We're pleased to announce the second round of the CIVICUS Fellowship Programme is now open!

    In this round, we invite AGNA members from Africa, Caribbean and Central America, Asia, and the MENA region to apply as the host organisation by 13 March 2017. Please send your completed application (in English, French, or Spanish) or any questions you may have to .

    If you are interested in becoming a fellow, please note that recruitment will start at the end of March 2017. 


  • Dominican Republic: Big Opportunities, Bigger Challenges for Civil Society Domestic Resourcing

    This article is part of the #StoriesOfResilience series, coordinated by CIVICUS to feature groups and activists on their journey to promote better resourcing practices for civil society and to mobilise meaningful resources to sustain their work.

    AddysThe term sustainability is being used maybe more than ever by civil society organisations (CSOs) in Latin America and the Caribbean, as they are feeling increasingly challenged by constant changes in the funding architecture that supports the region. First, the global financial crisis that engulfed the world a decade ago significantly reduced international aid - the main source of funds for most of the sector. Then, the new realities of their developing economies have also taken a toll on the amount and type of funds CSOs can access. Last, but not least, the rise of populism in many countries is further threatening funding. Under these circumstances, more and more CSOs wonder if they will be able to secure a future.  


  • Pakistan: Civil society calls for the immediate release of Mohammed Ismail

     UPDATE 26 November 2019: 


    The undersigned members of CIVICUS, the global alliance of civil society organisations, and the Affinity Group of National Associations (AGNA) call for the immediate release of Professor Mohammed Ismail from pre-trial detention in Pakistan and an end to all forms of harassment, intimidation and threats against him and his family.

    Mohammed Ismail is a long-standing member of AGNA, a network of 90 national associations and regional platforms from around the world. He is the focal person for the Pakistan NGO Forum (PNF), an umbrella body of civil society organizations (CSOs) in Pakistan. His daughter Gulalai Ismail is a human rights defender who has faced persecution from authorities for her advocacy for the rights of women and girls, and her efforts to end human rights violations against the ethnic Pashtun people. She was subsequently granted asylum in the United States of America.

    In July 2019, Mohammed Ismail was accused of charges under the Anti-Terrorism Act in connection with the legitimate human rights work of his daughter, Gulalai Ismail. On 24 October 2019, he was accosted outside Peshawar Court by men dressed in black militia uniforms, who forced him into a black vehicle. His whereabouts remained unknown until the morning of 25 October, when he appeared in the custody of Pakistan’s Federal Investigations Agency before a judicial magistrate and brought with further charges under the Pakistan Electronic Crimes Act. He remains detained and his bail requests have been rejected by the courts.

    We are furthermore deeply concerned by credible reports we have received around the appalling conditions under which Professor Ismail is being detained which may amount to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment. He has been denied medical care despite having multiple health conditions including a neurological disorder, dislocated discs in his back, kidney pain and high creatinine levels. He has also been denied medical care for his hypertension.

    Prior to his detention, Mohammed Ismail and his family had faced months of intimidation, including at least three raids on their family home in Islamabad, as well as threats of physical harm to Gulalai Ismail’s younger sister.

    The accusations against Mohammed Ismail are unfounded and appear to have been leveled by the authorities to silence Mohammed Ismail and Gulalai. Such judicial harassment and intimidation highlights the hostile environment for human rights defenders, journalists, and others in Pakistan to exercise their freedom of expression and be critical of the state.

    We, CIVICUS and AGNA members urge the Pakistan authorities to release Professor Ismail immediately and unconditionally, and to put an end to all acts of harassment against Professor Mohammed Ismail, Gulalai Ismail and their family and drop all charges against them. We also call on the authorities to take immediate steps to ensure that all human rights defenders in Pakistan can carry out their legitimate activities without any hindrance or fear of reprisals.

    1. PCS Palestine
    2. Hui E! Community Aotearoa
    3. Uganda National NGO Forum
    4. Plataforma de ONG de accion social
    5. Balkan Civil Society Development Network
    6. Botswana Council of NGO’s
    7. Réseau des Organisations de la Société Civile pour le Développement (RESOCIDE)
    8. PIANGO
    9. Network of Estonian Non-profit Organizations
    10. Instituto de Comunicación y Desarrollo
    11. Alianza ONG
    12. Samoa Umbrella Non Government Organization
    13. NGO Federation Nepal
    14. Nigeria Network of NGOs
    15. Scotland’s International Development Alliance
    16. Civic Initiatives, Serbia
    17. SOSTE Finnish Federation for Social Affairs and Health


  • Pakistán: la sociedad civil mundial pide la liberación inmediata de Mohammed Ismail y el cese de toda forma de acoso e intimidación

    Novedad sobre el caso a 26 de noviembre de 2019: 

    Los miembros abajo firmantes de CIVICUS, la alianza mundial de organizaciones de la sociedad civil y el Grupo de Afinidad de Asociaciones Nacionales (AGNA) exigen la liberación inmediata del profesor Mohammed Ismail de la detención preventiva en Pakistán y el cese de toda forma de acoso e intimidación y amenazas contra él y su familia.

    Mohammed Ismail es miembro desde hace tiempo de AGNA, una red de 90 asociaciones nacionales y plataformas regionales de todo el mundo. Él es el punto focal del Foro de ONG de Pakistán (PNF), un organismo que agrupa a otras organizaciones de la sociedad civil (OSC) en Pakistán. Su hija, Gulalai Ismail, es una defensora de los derechos humanos que se ha enfrentado a la persecución de las autoridades por defender los derechos de las mujeres y las niñas, y por intentar poner fin a las violaciones de los derechos humanos contra el grupo étnico pastún. Tras este episodio, se le ha concedido asilo en los Estados Unidos de América.

    En julio de 2019, en aplicación de la Ley Antiterrorista, Mohammed Ismail fue acusado de cargos en relación con el trabajo legítimo de derechos humanos de su hija, Gulalai Ismail. El 24 de octubre de 2019, fue asaltado fuera de la Corte de Peshawar por hombres vestidos con uniformes militares negros, que lo obligaron a subir a un vehículo negro. Estuvo en paradero desconocido hasta la mañana del 25 de octubre, cuando compareció, bajo la custodia de la Agencia Federal de Investigaciones de Pakistán, ante un magistrado judicial y se le acusó de cargos adicionales en virtud de la Ley de Delitos Electrónicos de Pakistán. Sigue detenido y las solicitudes de libertad bajo fianza presentadas han sido rechazadas por los tribunales.

    Además, estamos profundamente preocupados por los informes fidedignos que hemos recibido sobre las condiciones deplorables en las que se mantiene al profesor Ismail detenido, que puede considerarse como trato cruel, inhumano y degradante. Le ha sido denegada la atención médica, a pesar de tener múltiples problemas de salud, incluido un trastorno neurológico, discos dislocados en la espalda, dolores renales y altos niveles de creatinina. También se le ha negado atención médica para tratar su hipertensión.

    Antes de su detención, Mohammed Ismail y su familia habían sido objeto de actos de intimidación, incluyendo al menos tres redadas en su hogar familiar en Islamabad, así como amenazas de daños físicos a la hermana menor de Gulalai Ismail.

    Las acusaciones contra Mohammed Ismail son infundadas y parecen haber sido presentadas por las autoridades para silenciarlo a él y a Gulalai. Este acoso e intimidación judicial resaltan el ambiente hostil para los defensores de los derechos humanos, periodistas y otros actores en Pakistán que ejercen su libertad de expresión y expresan sus críticas al estado.

    Nosotros, miembros de CIVICUS y AGNA, pedimos a las autoridades de Pakistán que liberen al Profesor Ismail de forma inmediata e incondicional y pongan fin a todos los actos de acoso contra el Profesor Mohammed Ismail, Gulalai Ismail y su familia y retiren todos los cargos en su contra. También solicitamos a las autoridades que tomen medidas inmediatas para garantizar que todos los defensores de derechos humanos en Pakistán puedan llevar a cabo sus actividades legítimas sin ningún impedimento o temor a represalias.

    Areen Abu al rob, PCS Palestine
    Ronja Ievers, Hui E! Community Aotearoa
    Sophie Kange, Uganda National NGO Forum
    Marisa Gomez Crespo, Plataforma de ONG de accion social
    Ilina Neshikj, Balkan Civil Society Development Network
    Mpho Tapela, Botswana Council of NGO’s
    Siaka Coulibaly, RESOCIDE
    Kai Klandorf, Network of Estonian Non-profit Organizations
    Analia Bettoni, Instituto de Comunicación y Desarrollo
    Addys Then Marte, Alianza ONG
    Lavea Peseta. L.Nafo'i, Samoa Umbrella Non Government Organization
    Jitram Lama, NGO Federation Nepal
    Oyebisi Seyi, Nigeria Network of NGOs
    Jane Salmonson, Scotland’s International Development Alliance
    Maja Stojanovic, Civic Initiatives, Serbia
    Vertti Kiukas, SOSTE Finnish Federation for Social Affairs and Health


  • Pakistan: la société civile demande la libération immédiate de Mohammed Ismail et mettre fin à l'harcèlement

    Dernière nouvelle à propos du cas du professeur Mohammed Ismail: 


    Les membres soussignés de CIVICUS, l'Alliance mondiale des organisations de la société civile et leGroupe d'Affinité des Associations Nationales (AGNA) exigent la libération immédiate du professeur Mohammed Ismail de la détention préventive au Pakistan et mettre un terme à toutes les formes de harcèlement et d’intimidation et menaces contre lui et sa famille.

    Mohammed Ismail est, depuis longtemps, membre d'AGNA, un réseau de 90 associations nationales et plates-formes régionales du monde entier. Il est le point focal du Forum des ONG pakistanaises (PNF), une organisation qui rassemble d'autres organisations de la société civile (OSC) au Pakistan. Sa fille, Gulalai Ismail, est une défenseuse des droits humains qui a été victime de persécution par les autorités du fait de son plaidoyer en faveur des droits des femmes et des filles et de ses efforts pour mettre fin aux violations des droits humains envers le groupe ethnique pachtoun. Elle a, par la suite, obtenu l'asile aux États-Unis d'Amérique.

    En juillet 2019, Mohammed Ismail a été accusé d'infractions à la Loi Antiterroriste par rapport au travail légitime de sa fille, Gulalai Ismail, en faveur des droits humains. Le 24 octobre 2019, il a été abordé devant le tribunal de Peshawar par des hommes vêtus d'uniformes militaires noirs, qui l'ont forcé à monter dans un véhicule noir. Il reste porté disparu jusqu'au matin du 25 octobre, lorsqu’il a comparu devant un magistrat judiciaire, sous la garde de l'Agence Fédérale d'Investigation du Pakistan, et a été inculpé de nouvelles accusations en vertu de la loi sur la criminalité électronique au Pakistan. Il est toujours en détention et les demandes de libération sous caution déposées ont été rejetées par les tribunaux.

    En outre, nous sommes profondément préoccupés par les rapports fiables reçus au sujet des conditions épouvantables dans lesquelles le professeur Ismail est placé en détention, qui peuvent être considérées comme des traitements cruel, inhumains et dégradants. Il a été privé de soins médicaux malgré ses multiples problèmes de santé, notamment un trouble neurologique, des disques disloqués au dos, des douleurs aux reins et des taux élevés de créatinine. On lui a également refusé des soins médicaux pour traiter son hypertension.

    Avant sa détention, Mohammed Ismail et sa famille avaient été victimes d'intimidations pendant des mois, y compris au moins trois rafles dans leur maison familiale à Islamabad, ainsi que de menaces de blessures physiques à la jeune sœur de Gulalai Ismail.

    Les accusations portées contre Mohammed Ismail ne sont pas fondées et semblent avoir été présentées par les autorités pour le faire taire et aussi museler Gulalai. Ce harcèlement et cette intimidation judiciaire mettent en évidence le climat hostile où des défenseurs des droits humains, des journalistes et d'autres acteurs au Pakistan exercent leur liberté d'expression et expriment leurs critiques à l'égard de l'État.

    Nous, les membres de CIVICUS et de l'AGNA, exhortons les autorités pakistanaises à libérer le professeur Ismail immédiatement et sans condition, à mettre un terme aux actes de harcèlement à l'encontre du professeur Mohammed Ismail, de Gulalai Ismail et de leur famille, et de retirer toutes les charges portées contre eux. Nous demandons également aux autorités à prendre des mesures immédiates pour veiller à ce que tous les défenseurs des droits de l'homme au Pakistan puissent mener leurs activités légitimes sans aucune entrave ni crainte de représailles.

    Areen Abu al rob, PCS Palestine
    Ronja Ievers, Hui E! Community Aotearoa
    Sophie Kange, Uganda National NGO Forum
    Marisa Gomez Crespo, Plataforma de ONG de accion social
    Ilina Neshikj, Balkan Civil Society Development Network
    Mpho Tapela, Botswana Council of NGO’s
    Siaka Coulibaly, RESOCIDE
    Kai Klandorf, Network of Estonian Non-profit Organizations
    Analia Bettoni, Instituto de Comunicación y Desarrollo
    Addys Then Marte, Alianza ONG
    Lavea Peseta. L.Nafo'i, Samoa Umbrella Non Government Organization
    Jitram Lama, NGO Federation Nepal
    Oyebisi Seyi, Nigeria Network of NGOs
    Jane Salmonson, Scotland’s International Development Alliance
    Maja Stojanovic, Civic Initiatives, Serbia
    Vertti Kiukas, SOSTE Finnish Federation for Social Affairs and Health


  • República Dominicana: grandes oportunidades pero mayores retos para la movilización de recursos domésticos

    Este artículo es parte de la serie #HistoriasDeResiliencia, coordinada por CIVICUS para destacar los esfuerzos de grupos y activistas que promueven mejores prácticas de financiación y movilización de recursos valiosos para la sociedad civil.

    AddysEl término sostenibilidad se utiliza cada día más por las organizaciones de la sociedad civil (OSC) en América Latina y el Caribe, las cuales se sienten crecientemente desafiadas por los constantes cambios en la arquitectura de financiación que da soporte a la región. Primero, la crisis financiera global que sumergió al mundo hace una década redujo significativamente la cooperación internacional que era la fuente principal de fondos para la mayoría del sector. Luego, las nuevas realidades producto de las economías en desarrollo también han afectado la cantidad y el tipo de fondos accesibles para las OSC. Y no se puede dejar de mencionar la presión en el financiamiento impuesta por el auge del populismo en muchos países. Bajo estas circunstancias, un número creciente de OSC se preguntan si podrán asegurarse un futuro.


  • Veinticinco años después: una mirada a mi viaje con CIVICUS


    por Anabel Cruz, presidenta de la Junta Directiva de CIVICUS 2016-2019

    A principios de 1993, la democracia era aún bastante «joven» en muchas partes del mundo. Apenas habían transcurrido menos de cuatro años desde la caída del Muro de Berlín; el apartheid todavía no se había desmantelado por completo y las primeras elecciones sudafricanas mediante sufragio universal se celebrarían el año siguiente, en 1994. Al mismo tiempo, a principios de los noventa, varios países de América Latina habían dado sus primeros pasos hacia democracias representativas tras más de una década de dictaduras militares.


  • Young leaders breaking down the Agenda 2030 to the National level

    agna young leaders breaking down the Agenda 2030

    Virtual Global Exchange on Zoom: Young Sustainable Development advocates will break down the 2030 Agenda from Global to Local accountability mechanisms for civil society.

    August is a month to commemorate the great effort millions of young people around the world are doing to support the well benign of their communities, defending human rights and protecting democracies all over the world. This Virtual Global Exchange session will highlight the experiences of young leaders holding decision-makers accountable to their Sustainable Development promises.

    Under the framework of the ongoing series of webinars for civil society around Legitimacy, Transparency and Accountability, join this interactive virtual exchange and tell us: how is civil society participating in your country or region to advance, monitor and adapt the Sustainable Development Goals to local contexts? What have been the greatest learnings from this experience? What are your recommendations for organisations starting these efforts during COVID-19?


    Looking forward to seeing you there!

    Virtual Global Exchange on Zoom: Breaking down the 2030 Agenda

    When:Wednesday 19 August 2020
    Time:9:00 México / 16:00 South Africa

    The event will be held in Spanish with simultaneous translation to English and French.

    Guest speakers:Rosario Garavito, The Millenials Movement; Marcia Alarcón, TECHO Paraguay; Roberto Baeza, The Hunger Project Mexico
    Moderator:Roberto Zárraga, Red Global de Acción Juvenil
    Read more:Believe Better” A working paper on young people’s inclusion in national follow up, review and accountability process of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

    What is the Agenda 2030?

    The Agenda is a commitment to eradicate poverty and achieve sustainable development by 2030 world-wide, ensuring that no one is left behind. The adoption of the 2030 Agenda was a landmark achievement, providing for a shared global vision towards sustainable development for all.

    Approaches to Accountability