About the Defending Civil Society initiative
As several internationally distinguished individuals wrote in their joint letter in 2009, “[d]emocracy will not flourish unless citizens can freely engage in politics and social change, and for many years civil society groups have been providing citizens with the means to do so peacefully.â€ Today, civil society organizations (CSOs) around the world work in an increasingly restrictive and more sophisticated environment. Defending Civil Society is the World Movementâ€™s response to this troubling trend.The project seeks to develop strategies and build solidarity among activists and groups pushing back against restrictive laws and regulations.
Defending Civil Society is a joint project with the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL).
Defending Civil Society Toolkit: Tips for Engaging in NGO Law Reforms
This toolkit providing the tips, tools, and strategies that organizations and activists around the world can consider as they plan their efforts to reform legal frameworks for civil society.
Chapter 1: Understanding and Assessing Restrictive Environments
Chapter 2: Engaging Civil Society
Chapter 3: Engaging the Diplomatic and Donor Communities
Chapter 4: Engaging the Media
Chapter 5: Building Dialogue with Government, Parliamentarians, and other Stakeholders
Chapter 6: Surviving in a Severely Restrictive Environment
Resources: Other Useful Tools, Handbooks and Manuals
The toolkit is co-authored by: World Movement for Democracy Secretariat at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL)
For more information see the Defending Civil Society website