In Uruguay, civil society embraces long-standing movements, such as trade unions, the peasants, professional organizations, and business organizations as well as many organizations created under the influence of the churches, specially the Roman Catholic Church. However, other actors have also joined civil society, such as thousands of citizens organized to improve their quality of life and defend their rights, or who seek responses to a social emergency at times of profound crisis.

From 2008-2010 the CSI was implmented in Uruguay by the Institute for Communication and Development (ICD).

In comparison to 2005, the report finds there has been an improvement in the external environment due to advances in the socio-political, socio-economic and socio-cultural context as a result of political change. There has also been an improvement in the impact that CSOs in Uruguay are experiencing, which can be seen to link to the improvement in the environment in which the CSOs operate.

Some recommendations that have been highlighted in the report on how to strengthen the weaker areas include: promoting participation and voluntary work, including through developing recognition and information sharing initiatives; building regional exchange networks, to address disconnects between the capital and CSOs in remote regions; and lobbying for amendment to the legal framework to address bureaucratic and slow procedures for legal registration.

CSI Country Reports in Uruguay