Latin American and Caribbean-How healthy is your civil society?

CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation at the 8th Regional Conference of the International Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR) for Latin American and the Caribbean Conference, Buenos Aires, Argentina – 12- 14 July, 2011.

Founded in 1992, the International Society for Third-Sector Research (ISTR) is a major international association promoting research and education in the fields of civil society, philanthropy, and the nonprofit sector. This regional event has been organised by two CIVICUS members; the Catholic University of Argentina (UCA) and the Communication and Development Institute (ICD) from Uruguay.

Mariano De Donatis, CIVICUS Convening Manager, will present two papers around Latin-American Civil society analysis in a global perspective and Latin American Civil society networking capacities and challenges. He will also be moderating a panel discussion on CSO’s impact opportunities.

Speaking from Buenos Aires this week De Deonatis said: “It is interesting to see in the progamme that in almost all the panels there is a researcher using the CSI findings as a tool to analyse the state of  particular aspects of the civil society in this region. CSI proves once again its relevance as the one of the unique global tools to assess our sector.”

CIVICUS and representatives from its partner organisations in Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, Venezuela, and Mexico will present several papers at the conference illustrating the health of the region’s civil society based on Civil Society Index findings.

The programme can be accessed here (only available in Spanish)