The Compendium of International Legal Instruments and Other Intergovernmental Commitments Concerning Core Civil Society Rights

The compendium is an important reference document for advocacy groups while framing their demands for the protection and expansion of civil society space. Other tools and resources for civil society activists can be accessed here. This version was updated in January 2014.

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The Role of Civil Society Organisations in Achieving Participatory Democracy and Reconciliation

This paper is based on a presentation by CIVICUS CSI staff member, Mahi Khallaf, at the International Symposium in Cyprus, 25-26 February 2005.

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The Civil Society Diamond: A Primer

This report reviews the methodology for the Civil Society Diamond.

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Taking the Pulse of Civil Society Worldwide: Insights from the CIVICUS Civil Society Index Project (2003-2007)

A paper presented at the 8th conference of the International Society for Third Sector Research, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain, 9-12 July 2008.

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Summary of CSI Methodology and Conceptual Framework

This document presents a brief summary of the main features of the CSI's conceptual framework and methodological approach.

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Sharing Lessons and Comparing the State of Civil Society in Post Communist Europe

This is a post-workshop paper, based on the discussions that took place at the CIVICUS Civil Society Index Regional Workshop in the Czech Republic from 5-7 April 2006.

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Improving the Understanding and Strength of Civil Society

A briefing paper on the contribution of the CIVICUS Civil Society Index to civil society strengthening programmes worldwide.

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Índice de la Sociedad Civil: Herramienta para el Fortalecimiento de la Sociedad Civil en América Latina

Una descripción del Índice de la Sociedad Civil (ISC) CIVICUS en el contexto de América Latina.

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How Civil Society Influences Policy: A Comparative Analysis of the CIVICUS Civil Society Index in Post-Communist Europe

This working paper, a collaboration between CIVICUS and ODI, presents an analysis of the policy-relevant findings of the CIVICUS Civil Society Index in a group of countries in Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia: Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Georgia, Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Slovenia and Ukraine.

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Handbook on how to use the Index as a self-assessment tool

This is a handbook on how to use the Index as a self-assessment tool for civil society practitioners. This handbook, written by Richard Holloway in 2001, provides in-depth guidance on applying the Index project's tools to diagnose the health of civil society in your community, region or sector.

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From Impossibility to Reality

A reflection and position paper on the CSI Pilot Phase by Volkhart Finn Heinrich and Kumi Naidoo.

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External Impact Assessment of the CIVICUS Civil Society Index between 2003 to 2006 – Full Report

External Impact Assessment of the CSI Programme (Phase 2003 – 2006) carried out by Skat, a consulting firm from Switzerland, from October to December 2009 (January, 2010).

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Evaluation report on the CSI pilot phase

Read the executive summary of the independent CSI evaluation report by the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organisations, Harvard University.

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Civil Society – Measurement, Evaluation, Policy

This book provides a comprehensive and flexible framework for the definition, measurement, analysis and interpretation of civil society based on the innovative 'Civil Society Diamond'.

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CIVICUS Civil Society Index: Preliminary Findings Phase 2003-2005

The CIVICUS Civil Society Index (CSI) Project held the International CSI Workshop from 19 to 21 June 2006 in Glasgow, Scotland. The ICSI Workshop provided a forum for the CSI project partners and selected stakeholders to identify and discuss key findings of the CSI and to evaluate the CSI project phase 2003-2006. A pre-workshop paper was produced on the preliminary results of the CSI.

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CIVICUS Civil Society Index: Assessing and Strengthening Civil Society Worldwide

This report provides a detailed account of the project approach, conceptual and analytical framework and research methodology of the innovative CIVICUS Civil Society Index (CSI) Project.

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Building knowledge about civil society

This article appeared in CIVICUS World, the January-February 2001 Edition.

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Assessing Civil Society in Cyprus and Across the World - The CIVICUS Civil Society Index

This report was presented at the International Symposium in Cyprus, 25-26 February 2005.

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Assessing and Strengthening Civil Society Worldwide - An updated programme description of the CIVICUS Civil Society Index: Phase 2008 to 2010

The report provides the full programme description, implementation process and analytical framework of the Civil Society Index of Phase 2 (2008-2010).

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Analysing threats to civil society around the world

This report reviews CSI country data from 2003-2007 to analyse threats to civil society around the world.

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Civil society: The clamp-down is real

The last decade, and especially 2009 and 2010, have been particularly hard for civil society and human rights defenders. Negative global trends that began soon after 9/11 have come to a head as governments have continued to encroach on fundamental freedoms. CIVICUS has put together a synthesis report highlighting these trends.

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