• A strategy that sets out to mend broken systems

    Secretary-General Update: March 2022

    We are pleased to report on the adoption of a revised strategic plan for the period 2022 to 2027. The plan was developed through an extensive process to review and refresh CIVICUS’ strategic priorities. The CIVICUS Board unanimously confirmed the adoption of the revised strategy in March 2022. Reader-friendly and multi-lingual versions of the strategy will accordingly be developed and published on our website by the end of April. Our current strategic plan has been effective from July 2017 to June 2022 and will be replaced with a refreshed strategy in July 2022. 

    Addressing new realities 

    The revised strategy is the outcome of deliberations held across stakeholders of the CIVICUS alliance. We began this journey with several trends and foresight analyses exercises undertaken with members, partners and staff across October 2020 to March 2021. These assessments contributed to the development of future scenarios and strategic steers, which were reviewed by the CIVICUS Board and led to a decision on updating our existing strategy. The Board outcome indicated an opportunity to restate our ambitions with greater clarity and determine how best to address new realities and challenges for civic space and civil society. In describing the strategy that we have now developed, I want to quote our youngest Board member Vandita Morarka who said, “What I am most proud about is that this is not a polite strategy... it does not shy away from mending broken systems.” 

    Interrogating our Theory of Change 

    Between July and November 2021, drafting teams comprised of Board and staff members collaborated to review and restate key assumptions related to CIVICUS’ Theory of Change. We interrogated the successes and hurdles we have faced in the delivery of our current strategy and contrasted these with an analysis of developments in civic space across the last ten years (2011-21). In doing so, we were able to identify tensions and opportunities in relation to how we define the change we seek and actively contribute to it. This assessment informed the development of a draft strategy, which underwent two levels of review by the Board and staff between November 2021 to January 2022. 

    In February, the draft strategy was shared with key stakeholders of the CIVICUS alliance through a range of interactions, which included two sessions of Board & member engagement on our proposed priorities and a joint meeting with key donors. The interactions generated a large amount of feedback and queries on various aspects of the strategy. I am happy to share that teams involved with drafting the strategy were able to close the feedback loop by dedicating time to respond to queries raised by various groups. Key themes that emerged in our exchanges with CIVICUS members are captured in this Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document, which is available in three languages.  

    Refining our strategic objectives 

    Key shifts outlined as part of this revised plan which will guide CIVICUS’ strategic course for the period from July 2022 to June 2027 include: 

    • The framing of one overarching goal, i.e., To strengthen civil society and civic action for expanded civic and democratic space. The goal reflects our emphasis on actions that are not just defending but also improving civic and democratic freedoms - through a combination of influencing, organising and solidarity interventions. The strategy outlines five core objectives that support the achievement of our overarching goal, which are: (i) generating timely knowledge (ii) coordinating targeted advocacy (iii) contributing to stronger emergency & sustained support eco-systems (iv) strengthening public discourse and civil society narratives (v) building counter-power with most affected groups. 

    • An explicit focus on working with and for groups affected by the combined impact of civic space restrictions and structural forms of discrimination is also integrated across the revised strategy.  The revised strategy includes a deliberate focus on collaborating with movements led by communities facing structural discrimination. This implies a greater emphasis on solidarity and alliance building across levels of our work, and the stronger representation of issues of civic and democratic freedoms from a social justice lens.  

    • A clearer articulation of our contribution to long-term, systemic change is captured in four outcome statements that connect and consolidate the impact of our work across all levels. Our core objectives will be the basis for a comprehensive framework to measure results and communicate lessons from our progress more effectively.   

    A roadmap for implementation 

    The next step in this process is the coordination of a phased plan for the implementation of the strategy. This includes the design and activation of a Results framework and the coordination of programmatic and operational alignments required to deliver our refreshed strategy.  A robust process for continued stakeholder engagement with our strategic progress is also envisaged as part of this plan and includes the coordination of Membership Month, a new initiative that will take place annually to enable exchanges on civil society strategy and impact across the alliance.  

    We look forward to your continued engagement and support in this important period! The election of a new CIVICUS Board this year will be an important opportunity to play a direct role in overseeing the transition our refreshed strategy and activating a year-long campaign to mark the completion of 30 Years of CIVICUS’ existence in 2023. If you have not done so already, do look at our Board election timeline and contribute to its outcome. 

    In solidarity, 

    Lysa John 

    Lysa John is Secretary General of CIVICUS. She is based in South Africa and can be reached via her twitter handle: @lysajohn


  • Celebrating our 10,000 strong alliance!

    Secretary General’s Update: August 2020



  • Five CIVICUS members join the Youth Action Team

    Meet the new YAT

    This April, five new members joined the CIVICUS Youth Action Team (YAT). They were elected by CIVICUS youth voting members and will serve a renewable 18-month term until September 2020. Their role will be to mainstream youth and youth issues into CIVICUS’ programmes and activities and to champion youth engagement and civic space.


  • Local NGOs joining the “Giants”’ Table

    By Lusanda Magwape, from Dream Factory Foundation, South Africa, and CIVICUS delegation’s member at theEC Partnership Forum 2018.

    lusanda1When I received the email that I would be attending the EC Partnership Forum in Brussels, I was both shocked and super excited. I remember thinking when I applied: “yes, I could be part of the five, why not?” So, when I was selected, I took that “I can do the impossible” mindset with me to the Forum. As a first-time attendee of a European Commission event, this colossal organization became an approachable person who I could relate with. From all the speeches, I sensed a genuine intention to truly strengthen its partnerships with civil society and local authorities; as was the theme of the forum. The fact that two more Framework Partnership Agreements (FPAs) were signed at the end of the Forum, really sealed the deal of their intentions to grow these partnerships.

    Being a CIVICUS representative, I also kept thinking, how does a locally based NGO such as ours position itself in a space of ‘giants’? I think my biggest take-away, in keeping with the principals of the SDGs, was that all of our voices matter if we are going to realize a sustainable and equitable future for all. Since the forum represented civil society leaders from different levels of influence and scope, recommendations such as “the EU needs to have different modalities of funding for an enabling environment” and “the EU needs to push for national SDG implementation plans that are people-centered at all economic levels”, came out very strongly.


  • Saluons le 10000ème membre de notre solide alliance!

    Mise à jour de la Secrétaire Générale : Août 2020


  • The CIVICUS Youth Action Team welcomes new members

    Five new members recently joined the CIVICUSYouth Action Team (YAT). They will serve a renewable 14-month term until December 2020. Their role will be to mainstream youth issues into the CIVICUS alliance, to champion youth engagement in civil society and to stand in solidarity with young activists facing civic space restrictions.

    New membersAlan Jarandilla Núñez (Bolivia) andMartín Iván Tinoco (Mexico) will be representing the Americas.Jelena Mitrović (Serbia) andDragana Jovanovska (North Macedonia) will be representing Europe andNatasha Chaudhary (India) joins in as a representative for Asia. 

    They will be working alongside current YAT members Wiem Chamsi (MENA), Justin Francis Bionat (Asia), Joshua Alade and Daniel Nwaeze (Africa). 

    Former YAT members Ana Pranjic and Amanda Segnini finished their terms in August, and Anastasia Hengestu’s resignation happened in the same month. We thank them deeply for their great contribution to youth inclusion in the CIVICUS alliance and we wish them the best in their upcoming endeavours. 

    A word from the brand new Youth Action Team:

    "Our main goal in the coming months will be to ensure that youth Youth are meaningfully engaged in all of the alliance’s structures and strategies. We will achieve this by promoting the creation of spaces for the leadership and participation of young people in civil society through everyday practices and systems. Our work will prioritise the participation of youth from marginalised communities. We hope for the Youth Action Team to constitute a benchmark for other organisations who want to improve youth engagement through similar models. 

    "We are currently working on developing our objectives, and many questions are still open. For instance, we are trying to establish how we can best ensure we are accountable to members. We are also working in an approach to stand in solidarity with young people facing civic space restrictions, and there are many other issues we are currently trying to decide upon. If you have ideas or suggestions around these or other questions, please contact us directly by sending an email toyat2020 [at] We will also be active in the CIVICUS Youth United! Facebook group so don’t hesitate to open up a conversation there. We welcome your input and we are excited to take on this key mandate. We look forward to meaningful collaboration in the coming months.

    More about the five new YAT members:


    Alan Jarandilla Núñez

    Alan is a lawyer and passionate human rights defender from Bolivia. He serves as the Director of Policy and Advocacy of the International Youth Alliance for Family Planning, and is the Founder of Change the System (CTS), a Bolivian youth-led organization working towards sustainable development, human rights and youth participation, from a systemic change perspective.


    He is a vocal advocate for human rights, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and meaningful youth engagement in decision making. He believes that an intersectional and holistic approach to global issues is fundamental for addressing the issues that are central to his work. He has followed and led advocacy strategies in different international processes.



    Dragana Jovanovska

    Dragana is a Management Board member at the Center for Intercultural Dialogue (CID), a youth-led organisation in North Macedonia working with young people from different ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds in a post-conflict society. As part of her role, she is running an open youth centre, MultiKulti (MultiКулти), in the city of Kumanovo, where she works on her fields of expertise, including intercultural dialogue, human rights and youth participation by using integrated education. She also works as an educator on these themes with youth and adults at a local, national and international level.


    Jelena Mitrović 

    Jelena has been an activist and volunteer since the age of 14. She has gained experience in different organisations, participating locally in the Becej Youth Association and nationally as a Governing Board Member of the National Youth Council of Serbia. She currently serves at Group COME OUT in the city of Novi Sad as a dedicated and certified youth worker with LGBT+ youth, and she is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology. Her priority is to advocate for equal opportunities for all, and ensuring that youth voices are not only heard, but also listened to and accepted in decision making processes.


    Martín Iván Tinoco

    Martín is a young changemaker driven by a passion for human rights, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and youth participation in public policy in Mexico. He has been involved in civil society since the age of 15, having participated in local, regional and international processes related to the monitoring of the Sustainable Development Goals. Martín currently serves as the Director of Fractal Effect, an organization that seeks to facilitate the meaningful inclusion of youth into decision making spaces. He is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Social Studies and Local Management at the National Autonomous University of Mexico.


    Natasha Chaudhary

    Natasha is the Co-Director at Haiyya, a grassroots campaign consulting organisation based in India. She oversees larger organizational scaling and growth strategy and works on fundraising. She is a trainer, coach and strategy consultant having worked across different programs, including sexual and reproductive health and rights for women, women's voting rights, the youth climate movement, resourcing and incubation models and many more. She deeply cares about gender, health and caste issues with a focus on intersectional leadership and designing interventions that shift away from traditional service delivery models. She holds a Masters degree in Development Studies from the University of Sydney, where she advocated for and worked in the implementation of a sexual harassment policy as the Women’s Officer.



  • The world has changed; why haven’t we?

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    The world has changed dramatically since the turn of the century.  Selfies, smart phones, and instant communication are the norm across much of the world. Our lives are on the cloud and our offices are virtual. We're connecting across borders like never before.

    We’re being confronted by our failures, such as the increasing number of scary weather events caused by global warming, along with deepening divides between the rich and those living in poverty. But we are also seeing people fighting back in new and creative ways, from the #MeToo movement in the United States to #FeesMustFall in South Africa. Innovative tools have made it easier than ever before for people to come together and take collective action, injecting new ideas, formations and energy into civil society.

    For the past 25 years, CIVICUS has had a consistent mission, namely “to strengthen citizen action and civil society”. Yet, over the years, CIVICUS has worked mainly on the conditions for and effectiveness of civil society organisations, rather than the broader spectrum of citizen participation and action.


  • Una estrategia para abordar los sistemas deficientes

    Actualización de la secretaria general: Marzo de 2022  

    Nos complace anunciar la aprobación de un plan estratégico revisado para el periodo 2022-2027. Este plan se ha elaborado tras un amplio proceso de revisión y actualización de las prioridades estratégicas de CIVICUS. La Junta de CIVICUS aprobó por unanimidad la adopción de la estrategia revisada en marzo de 2022. Así pues, se elaborarán versiones multilingües y de fácil lectura de la estrategia, que se publicarán en nuestro sitio web a finales de abril. Nuestro actual plan estratégico estuvo vigente desde julio de 2017 hasta junio de 2022 y será sustituido por una estrategia actualizada en julio de 2022. 

    Afrontar nuevas realidades 
    La estrategia revisada es el resultado de las conversaciones entre las partes interesadas de la alianza CIVICUS. Comenzamos esta andadura con varios ejercicios de análisis de tendencias y proyecciones con la membresía, socios y con el personal entre octubre de 2020 y marzo de 2021. Estas evaluaciones contribuyeron al desarrollo de futuros escenarios y direcciones estratégicas, que fueron revisados por la Junta de CIVICUS y nos impulsaron a actualizar nuestra estrategia. Las deliberaciones de la Junta Directiva pusieron de manifiesto la oportunidad de reafirmar nuestras ambiciones con mayor claridad y de determinar la mejor manera de abordar las nuevas realidades y retos relacionados con el espacio cívico y la sociedad civil. Al describir la estrategia que ahora hemos desarrollado, me gustaría citar a Vandita Morarka, la más joven de nuestras componentes de la Junta, que dijo: "Lo que más me enorgullece es que esta estrategia no es sólo una estrategia amable... está realmente comprometida con la solución de los sistemas que no funcionan". 

    Análisis de nuestra teoría del cambio 
    Entre julio y noviembre de 2021, los equipos de redacción formados por miembros de la Junta Directiva y del personal trabajaron juntos para revisar y reformular los supuestos clave relacionados con la teoría del cambio de CIVICUS. Analizamos los éxitos de la organización y los obstáculos a los que nos hemos enfrentado al poner en marcha nuestra estrategia actual y los comparamos con un análisis de los acontecimientos en el espacio cívico durante los últimos diez años (2011-21). Al hacerlo, hemos podido identificar tensiones y oportunidades en la forma de definir el cambio al que aspiramos y al que contribuimos activamente. Esta evaluación ha servido de base para la elaboración de un borrador de estrategia, que se ha sometido a dos niveles de revisión por parte de la Junta y el personal entre noviembre de 2021 y enero de 2022. 

    En febrero, el borrador de la estrategia se compartió con las principales partes interesadas de la alianza CIVICUS a través de una serie de diálogos, incluyendo dos sesiones interactivas entre miembros de la Junta Directiva sobre las prioridades propuestas y una reunión conjunta con los principales donantes. Estas interacciones generaron una gran cantidad de reacciones y preguntas sobre diversos aspectos de la estrategia. Me complace informar de que los equipos que redactan la estrategia han sido capaces de cerrar el círculo de comentarios al tomarse el tiempo de responder a las cuestiones planteadas por los distintos grupos. Los temas clave que surgieron de nuestros debates con la membresía de CIVICUS se reflejan en este documento de preguntas frecuentes (FAQ), que está disponible en tres idiomas en nuestra página web. 

    Afinar nuestros objetivos estratégicos

    Entre los principales cambios que se recogen en este plan revisado, que guiará el rumbo estratégico de CIVICUS para el periodo comprendido entre julio de 2022 y junio de 2027, se encuentran los siguientes:

    • El desarrollo de un objetivo general, es decir, fortalecer la sociedad civil y la acción cívica para un espacio cívico y democrático más amplio. Este objetivo refleja la importancia que concedemos a las iniciativas que no sólo defienden, sino que potencian las libertades cívicas y democráticas mediante la organización de actividades de incidencia, organización y solidaridad. La estrategia establece cinco objetivos básicos que apoyan la consecución de nuestro objetivo general, que son (i) generar un conocimiento adecuado; (ii) coordinar actividades de incidencia política específicas; (iii) ayudar a fortalecer los ecosistemas de emergencia y de apoyo sostenible; (iv) fortalecer el discurso público y las narrativas de la sociedad civil; (v) y construir el contrapoder con los grupos más afectados. 

    • Un enfoque de trabajo con y para los grupos afectados por los efectos combinados de las restricciones al espacio cívico y las formas estructurales de discriminación. La estrategia revisada hace hincapié en la colaboración con los movimientos dirigidos por la comunidad que se enfrentan a una discriminación estructural. Esto implica un mayor énfasis en la solidaridad y la creación de alianzas en todos los niveles de nuestro trabajo, así como una mayor representación de las cuestiones relativas a las libertades civiles y las libertades democráticas desde una perspectiva de justicia social. 

    • Una articulación más clara de nuestra contribución al cambio sistémico a largo plazo, que se describe en cuatro declaraciones de resultados que vinculan nuestro trabajo a todos los niveles y consolidan su impacto. Nuestros objetivos básicos constituirán la base de un marco general para medir los resultados y comunicar las lecciones aprendidas de nuestros progresos de forma más eficaz.   

    Hoja de ruta para la aplicación de la estrategia 

    El siguiente paso en este proceso es coordinar el desarrollo de un plan por fases para la aplicación de la estrategia. Para ello, se diseñará y activará un marco de resultados y se coordinarán las iniciativas de alineación de programas y operaciones necesarias para aplicar nuestra estrategia actualizada.  Dentro de este plan también se contempla un sólido proceso de participación continua de las partes interesadas en nuestros avances en la estrategia, que incluye la coordinación del Mes de la Membresía, una nueva iniciativa que tendrá lugar anualmente para permitir los intercambios sobre la estrategia y el impacto de la sociedad civil en toda la Alianza. 

    Les agradecemos de antemano su constante compromiso y apoyo en estos momentos tan importantes. La elección de una nueva Junta Directiva de CIVICUS de este año será una oportunidad importante para participar directamente en la supervisión de la transición de nuestra estrategia actualizada y el lanzamiento de una campaña de un año de duración para celebrar el 30º aniversario de CIVICUS en 2023. Si aún no lo has hecho, no olvides consultar nuestro calendario de elecciones a la Junta Directiva y participar directamente en los resultados de estas elecciones.   

    En solidaridad, 

    Lysa John 

    Lysa John es secretaria general de CIVICUS. Vive en Sudáfrica y se puede contactar con ella a través de su cuenta de Twitter: @lysajohn


  • Une stratégie qui vise à remédier aux systèmes dysfonctionnels 

    Mise à jour de la Secrétaire générale: Mars 2022 

    Nous avons le plaisir de vous annoncer l'adoption d'un plan stratégique révisé pour la période allant de 2022 à 2027. Ce plan a été élaboré à l'issue d'un vaste processus de révision et de mise à jour des priorités stratégiques de CIVICUS. Le Conseil d'administration de CIVICUS a confirmé à l'unanimité l'adoption de la stratégie révisée en mars 2022. Des versions faciles à lire et multilingues de la stratégie seront donc élaborées et publiées sur notre site web d'ici la fin avril. Notre plan stratégique actuel a été effectif de juillet 2017 à juin 2022 et sera remplacé par une stratégie mise à jour en juillet 2022. 

    Faire face à de nouvelles réalités 

    La stratégie révisée est le résultat de délibérations entre les parties intéressées de l’alliance CIVICUS. Nous avons commencé ce voyage par plusieurs exercices d’analyse des tendances et des prévisions avec les membres, les partenaires et le personnel entre octobre 2020 et mars 2021. Ces évaluations ont contribué à l’élaboration de scénarios futurs et d’orientations stratégiques, qui ont été examinés par le Conseil d’administration de CIVICUS et nous ont incités à mettre à jour notre stratégie. Les délibérations du Conseil d’administration ont mis en exergue la possibilité de réaffirmer nos ambitions avec plus de clarté et de déterminer la meilleure façon de faire face à de nouvelles réalités et à de nouveaux défis liés à l’espace civique et à la société civile. Pour décrire la stratégie que nous avons maintenant développée, je voudrais reprendre les propos de notre plus jeune membre du Conseil d’administration, Vandita Morarka, qui a déclaré : « Ce dont je suis la plus fière, c’est que cette stratégie n’est pas une simple politesse... elle s’engage réellement à remédier aux systèmes dysfonctionnels. » 

    Examiner notre théorie du changement 

    Entre juillet et novembre 2021, des équipes de rédaction composées de membres du Conseil d’administration et du personnel ont travaillé de concert pour revoir et reformuler les hypothèses clés liées à la théorie du changement de CIVICUS. Nous avons analysé les succès de l’Organisation et les obstacles auxquels nous avons été confrontés dans la mise en œuvre de notre stratégie actuelle et les avons comparés à une analyse des évènements relatifs à l’espace civique au cours des dix dernières années (2011-21). Ce faisant, nous avons pu déceler les tensions et les opportunités liées à la manière dont nous définissons le changement auquel nous aspirons et auquel nous contribuons activement. Cette évaluation a permis d'élaborer un projet de stratégie, qui a fait l’objet de deux niveaux d’examen par le Conseil d'administration et le personnel entre novembre 2021 et janvier 2022. 

    En février, le projet de stratégie a été partagé avec les principales parties intéressées de l’alliance CIVICUS à travers une série de dialogues, dont deux sessions d’interaction entre le Conseil d’administration et les membres sur les priorités proposées et une réunion conjointe avec les principaux donateurs. Ces interactions ont suscité un grand nombre de réactions et de questions sur divers aspects de la stratégie. Je suis heureuse d’annoncer que les équipes chargées de rédiger la stratégie ont pu boucler la boucle de rétroaction en prenant le temps de répondre aux questions soulevées par divers groupes. Les thèmes clés qui sont ressortis de nos échanges avec les membres de CIVICUS sont repris dans ce document de Foire Aux Questions (FAQ), qui est disponible en trois langues sur notre site web. 

    Affiner nos objectifs stratégiques   

    Les changements clés soulignés dans le cadre de ce plan révisé, qui guideront le cours stratégique de CIVICUS pour la période allant de juillet 2022 à juin 2027, comprennent : 

    • L’élaboration d’un objectif général, à savoir, renforcer la société civile et l’action civique pour un espace civique et démocratique élargi. Cet objectif reflète l’importance que nous accordons aux initiatives qui ne se contentent pas de défendre les libertés civiques et démocratiques, mais de les améliorer également, en organisant des interventions visant à influencer, à organiser et à faire preuve de solidarité. La stratégie définit cinq objectifs fondamentaux qui soutiennent la réalisation de notre objectif général, à savoir : (i) générer des connaissances en temps opportun ; (ii) coordonner un plaidoyer ciblé ; (iii) contribuer à renforcer les écosystèmes d’urgence et de soutien durable ; (iv) renforcer le discours public et les récits de la société civile ; (v) et établir un contre-pouvoir avec les groupes les plus touchés. 

    Une attention particulière au travail avec et pour les groupes touchés par les effets combinés des restrictions de l’espace civique et des formes structurelles de discrimination. La stratégie révisée met l’accent sur la collaboration avec les mouvements dirigés par des communautés confrontées à la discrimination structurelle. Cela implique une plus grande importance accordée à la solidarité et à la création d’alliances à tous les niveaux de notre travail, ainsi qu’une représentation plus forte des questions de libertés civiques et démocratiques dans une optique de justice sociale. 

    • Une articulation plus claire de notre contribution au changement systémique à long terme, laquelle est décrite dans quatre énoncés de résultats qui relient notre travail à tous les niveaux et consolident son impact. Nos objectifs fondamentaux serviront de base à un cadre global permettant de mesurer les résultats et de communiquer plus efficacement les enseignements tirés de nos progrès.  

    Une feuille de route pour la mise en œuvre de la stratégie 

    L’étape suivante de ce processus consiste à coordonner l’élaboration d’un plan par étapes pour la mise en œuvre de la stratégie. Cette étape comprend la conception et l’activation d’un cadre de résultats et la coordination des initiatives d’harmonisation en matière de programmes et d’opérations, nécessaires à la mise en œuvre de notre stratégie mise à jour.  Un processus solide favorisant un engagement continu des parties intéressées dans nos progrès en matière de stratégie est également envisagé dans le cadre de ce plan et prévoit la coordination du mois de l’adhésion, une nouvelle initiative qui aura lieu chaque année pour permettre des échanges concernant la stratégie et l’impact de la société civile à travers l’Alliance. 

    Nous vous remercions par avance de votre engagement et de votre soutien continus au cours de cette période importante! L’élection d’un nouveau Conseil d’administration CIVICUS cette année sera une occasion importante de participer directement à la supervision de la transition de notre stratégie mise à jour et au lancement d’une campagne d’un an visant à marquer le 30 anniversaire de CIVICUS en 2023. Si vous ne l’avez pas encore fait, n’oubliez pas de consulter notre calendrier d’élection du Conseil d’administration et de contribuer aux résultats de cette élection. 

    En toute solidarité, 

    Lysa John 

     Lysa John est Secrétaire générale de CIVICUS. Elle est basée en Afrique du Sud et peut être contactée via son compte Twitter : @lysajohn


  • We Stand in Solidarity with Ukraine!

    As the conflict in Ukraine rages on, the Affinity Group of National Associations (AGNA) and CIVICUS have prepared this solidarity statement for CIVICUS members and civil society in Ukraine in which we highlight the actions that have been undertaken by civil society and others in response to the conflict.  The statement condemns Russia’s aggression and informs CIVICUS members and civil society in Ukraine that we stand in solidarity with them during these difficult times and are doing our utmost to mobilise different responses using the networks we are all part of.  

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  • What constituents say about CIVICUS

    By Marina Cherbonnier, CIVICUS Membership Engagement Specialist

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    Early 2018, we asked CIVICUS constituents to tell us about how they perceive CIVICUS’ work - what’s successful and what can be improved. We received 442 insightful responses from members and non-members.

    It is clear that CIVICUS constituents value the work we are doing as an Alliance: CIVICUS’ power in connecting people, spurring collective action, creating avenues for Civil Society to be heard by other stakeholders etc. At the same time, they want more of it. They want members to truly drive CIVICUS as a member-based organisation, more diversity and inclusion and leveraging the work of the global alliance for more synergy and action on national and regional level.

    Check the infographic below to see the Top 10 members’ asksto improve CIVICUS work and the Top 10 of what members see as CIVICUS’ success!

    The CIVICUS Secretariat has been working on strengthening CIVICUS messaging on what it does, why, and how to get involved as a member. Stay tuned in the coming weeks! We are having further discussions with respondents, members and staff to define the action points that will meet members’ needs in 2019.  

    Feel free to share your reactions and thoughts on the infographic’s key findings, by writing to .

    Also, we take CIVICUS’ commitment to transparency, accountability, and continuous improvement very seriously. We count on CIVICUS members, allies and supporters to reach out to us whenever they have questions or concerns about the alliance’s work and activities. Do you think we are accountable? If not, go ahead and hold us to account via our new online feedback mechanism, which was just launched in July 2018. You can find more information in this blog post on how our new feedback channel will help to implement CIVICUS’ Accountability Framework.