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CIVICUS is an international alliance established in 1993 to nurture the foundation, growth and protection of citizen action throughout the world, especially in areas where participatory democracy and citizens' freedom of association are threatened.


To strengthen citizen action and civil society throughout the world.


CIVICUS' vision is of a worldwide community of informed, inspired, committed citizens engaged in confronting the challenges facing humanity.

CIVICUS recognises that for effective and sustainable civic participation to occur, citizens must enjoy rights of free association and be able to engage all sectors of society. This understanding underpins the three major objectives that inform our mission:

Promote Civic Existence, by defending people's fundamental rights to organise and act collectively towards the public good;

Promote Civic Expression, by strengthening the capacity of civil society organisations to amplify the voices of ordinary people; and,

Promote Civic Engagement, by fostering interaction between citizens, their associations and other institutions to ensure that public institutions are accountable to people.

Our programmatic work contributes towards these three objectives through seven programmes: Civil Society Watch; the Civil Society Index; the Millennium Development Goals campaign; Legitimacy, Transparency and Accountability; Participatory Governance; Knowledge Development and Dissemination; and the CIVICUS World Assembly.


In all its program activities, CIVICUS works with and builds the capacity of key partners, members and other intermediary organizations at global, regional and national levels. As the only global network with a specific mandate to strengthen civil society, CIVICUS has the reach and connectivity to empower civil society actors through a variety of approaches including, capacity building, the production and dissemination of tools and resources, convening events and information sharing, global advocacy and representation.


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1420 K Street NW

Suite 900

Washington, DC 20005

Phone: 202-331-8518

EIN: 52-1847010

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Think Creatively

Support new ideas

Your gift will help encourage innovative thinking and support creative solutions to some of the critical issues facing community organizations and civil rights groups around the world today. This will be done through schemes like the CIVICUS Nelson Mandela Graça Machel Innovation Awards . These awards are presented annually to recognise organizations or groups of individuals that have developed innovative ways to promote social justice...


Promote Global Unity

Assembly attendance

The CIVICUS World Assembly takes place once a year, bringing together civil society activists and their partners from around the world to share ideas and experiences. Your gift will sponsor a civil society delegate from a developing country to attend the 2007 World Assembly in Scotland. The sponsorship will provide for their fees, meeting materials and meals. As a result of this gift, the delegate...


Speak Our Language

Translation of key data

Your gift will support CIVICUS to provide important information in a variety of languages including Spanish, French, Russian, Arabic, Japanese, Swahili and Mandarin. Information such as training materials on campaigning and other key skills, or news alerts on global or national civil society issues. This will greatly increase the number of individuals and local civil society organizations that are able to directly benefit from these...


Fuel Debate

Independent research

Your gift will contribute to independent research into current issues affecting civil society organizations, including various questions around accountability and responsibility – where does responsibility for upholding justice lie? How can citizens ensure that organizations, governments or corporations are accountable for their actions? There is also urgent need for analysis of the legal climate for civil society in various countries (e.g. Venezuela and Zimbabwe). The...


Build Alliances

One year of membership

Your gift will enable a civil society activist or organization based in a developing country to become a member of CIVICUS for a year. They will be able to participate in, and benefit from, a global network of civil society organizations. All members support CIVICUS' vision and mission of strengthening civil society around the world and building a community of informed, inspired and committed citizens...


Uphold Justice

One hour of legal advice

Supporting an hour of consultation with a lawyer or other technical expert will help secure justice and could save lives. Expertise will be used to investigate and support cases where civil society activists are charged and imprisoned, to advise on human rights legislation, or to develop technical materials for use by local organizations in their fight for civil liberties. In the context of the global...


Speak Out

Media releases

By supporting the production of our media releases, your gift will enable us to research a situation where civil society is under threat, check and compile this information and package it for the media and other interested groups. Encouraging the media to report on these events can be a case of saving life and liberty for the frontline campaigners involved. CIVICUS produces campaign alerts, media...


Adopt An Activist

Support campaign staff

Your gift will support a highly qualified and experienced campaigner working on human rights, social justice or the eradication of poverty. By supporting our campaigners to research these complex problems, develop campaigns and actively advocate on these key issues, you'll be making a difference around the world. Our campaigns focus on two areas: 1) securing the freedom of association, assembly and expression for individuals and...