Civic Space Initiative

The Civic Space Initiative (CSI) supports civil society activists facing restrictions on their freedoms by helping them understand their rights and helping the public recognize the positive contribution civil society organizations (CSO) make in their lives.

Governments increasingly deny citizen’s freedom to peacefully assemble and associate with others and to express their beliefs in physical and virtual spaces. This limits their ability to participate in political, social, and economic processes and to improve their communities. It also limits their ability to hold governments accountable and ensure that political leaders serve the people rather than themselves.

To overcome government restrictions, CSI empowers civil society around the world by:

The CSI is a collaborative initiative of ARTICLE 19, CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, International Center for Not-for-Profit Law, and the World Movement for Democracy, and is supported by the Government of Sweden.

 

Ongoing Activities

Civic Space at the United Nations

UN Special Rapporteur (UNSR) on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, Prof. Annalisa Ciampi, will speak at side event on expanding civic space within the United Nations during the United Nations Generally Assembly in New York in October 2017.

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FOAA Online

Report by former UNSR on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, Maina Kiai, demonstrates the positive impact civil society has made in communities around the world.

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Mapping the Achievements of Civil Society

Former UNSR on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, Maina Kiai, published a report that demonstrates the positive impact civil society has made in communities around the world.

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News & Alerts

September 18, 2017

Mapping the Achievements of Civil Society

Former UNSR on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, Maina Kiai’s, final report demonstrates the positive impact civil society has made in communities around the world. Authoritarian governments around the world increasingly promote negative narratives of civil society by accusing it of being elitist, corrupt, or foreign agents; of supporting terrorism; […]

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September 1, 2016

#NotTooYoungToRun Bill Pushes for Political Inclusion of Nigerian Youth

On August 23, 2016, the United Nations Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth, Mr. Ahmed Alhendawi, endorsed the #NotTooYoungToRun Bill in Abuja, Nigeria. The bill’s goal is to reduce the age qualifications to run for public offices in Nigeria. Currently, the youngest representative in Nigeria’s public office is Alhaji Abubakar Malami, who is in the Ministry […]

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