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Handbook : How to Use EU Law to Protect Civil Space

May 1, 2020

This handbook provides practical guidance for Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to advocate and litigate using EU law to protect their rights and civic space in the EU.It aims to be a user-friendly guide for CSOs who want to know::What EU law is and how it affects individuals and organisations;When and how CSOs can challenge national provisions or measures that impact their mission, activities and operations on the basis of EU law, including the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights (CFR);Which legal avenues and resources are available for CSOs to defend their civic space within the EU law frameworkA list of resources as well as practical tools can be found in the last part the document.

Human Rights, Citizenship, Democracy; Legislation and Taxation; Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector, Civil Society

Philanthropy and Digital Civil Society: Blueprint 2022

December 14, 2021

Philanthropy and Digital Civil Society: Blueprint is an annual industry forecast about the ways we use private resources for public benefit in the digital age. Each year, the Blueprint provides an overview of the current landscape, points to big ideas that matter, and directs your attention to horizons where you can expect some important breakthroughs in the coming year.

Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector, Civil Society; Philanthropy, Theory, Philosophy and History; Science and Technology; Technology and Foundations

Civil Society Organizations and General Data Protection Regulation Compliance

February 1, 2020

Civil Society Organizations and General Data Protection Regulation Compliance: Challenges, Opportunities and Best Practices, a new report from the Open Society Information Program, looks specifically at the ways that the world's most comprehensive data privacy law impacts nongovernmental organizations.It examines, in practical terms, what these kind of organizations have done to comply with the law. It also presents research showing ways that governments, businesses, and some powerful individuals have tried—so far unsuccessfully—to use the law to prevent these organizations from pursuing public interest research and reporting.Finally, the report provides a best practices guide that can be used to ensure compliance and limit risk.

Knowledge and Data Management; Legislation and Taxation

Against The Wave : civil society responses to anti-rights groups

November 1, 2019

This report is from and for civil society, based on the voices and views of many CIVICUS members, civil society activists, leaders, experts and other stakeholders, as well as collaborative research and media coverage of anti-rights. All conclusions and recommendations drawn are however the views of the CIVICUS secretariat only and do not necessarily reflect the views of the individual contributors.The report mainly focus on what are the anti-rights groups and what do they do (why do they matter and why are they rising more and more, how are they distinct from Civil Society, what are the key tactics and strategies of these anti-rights groups), and how the Civil society can fight back, with key tactics and strategies of their own, to defend universal human right, excluded groups - such as women, LGBTQI people, migrants, refugees and minorities - and social justice.This report also exists in French (https://www.civicus.org/index.php/fr/action-contre-la-vague-anti-droits) and in Spanish (https://www.civicus.org/index.php/es/accion-contra-la-ola-antiderechos)

Human Rights, Citizenship, Democracy; Minorities, Social Inclusion, Multiculturalism; Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector, Civil Society

Sustaining Civil Society: Lessons from Five Pooled Funds in Eastern Europe

October 21, 2019

After 1990, US and European foundations and government agencies invested in a series of Partnerships and Trusts to support civil society in Central and Eastern Europe, the Baltics, the Balkans and the Black Sea regions. Analyzing the long-term impact of these investments is crucial, especially as many politicians across these regions increase their anti-civil society rhetoric. Three long-time US foundation staff look back at the legacy and impact of this funding and derive a series of lessons for practitioners seeking to understand how best to sustain civil societies for the long term.

Human Rights, Citizenship, Democracy

We the People: A Philanthropic Guide to Strengthening Democracy

September 13, 2019

Multiple surveys over the past decade have revealed a trend of declining confidence in democracy among Americans. While many factors contribute to this growing sense that democracy is weakening, there are practical and thoughtful efforts underway to reverse these sentiments. The Center for High Impact Philanthropy's "We the People: A Philanthropic Guide to Strengthening Democracy" creates a framework for anyone looking to strengthen the democratic system.To assist donors who are ready to act immediately, CHIP has published a supplement, "We the People: Nonprofits Making an Impact to Strengthen Democracy," highlighting initiatives and organizations that are strengthening democracy through civic engagement and local media. (https://www.impact.upenn.edu/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/We-the-People-Nonprofits.pdf)

Grantmaking and Programme Management; Human Rights, Citizenship, Democracy; Journalism and Media; Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector, Civil Society

Civil Society in Central and Eastern Europe: Monitoring 2019

August 1, 2019

Presently, the culture of open discussion seems to be threatened in an increasing number of countries. In Central and Eastern Europe's (CEE's) democracies, recent political developments appear to jeopardize progresses made in the past. Against this background, this study aims at shedding light on the dynamics of CEE'scivil society and gives a brief overview of the status quo and recent developments that directly affect civil society. The study was conducted by the Competence Center for Nonprofit Organizations and Social Entrepreneurship at WU Vienna (Vienna University of Economics and Business), commissioned by and in collaboration with ERSTE foundation as well as with a group of country experts. The inclusion of expert assessments on civil society aims at giving a voice primarily to practitioners. Therefore, the study included an online survey in each participating country, addressing CSO representatives operating in various fields of activity.

Human Rights, Citizenship, Democracy; Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector, Civil Society

Peace and Security Funding Index: An Analysis of Global Foundation Grantmaking - 2019 Edition

April 29, 2019

Each year, Candid and the Peace and Security Funders Group collects and analyzes data from thousands of grants awarded by hundreds of peace and security funders. We do this for two primary reasons: to illuminate the field of peace and security grantmaking, and to provide a nuanced understanding of the issues and strategies peace and security funders support. In 2016 -- the latest year complete data is available -- 326 foundations awarded 2,605 grants, totaling $328 million in support of a more peaceful world.

Foundation Sector, History and Analysis; International Affairs, Global Challenges; Peace and Conflict

Whistleblowers for Change : the Social and Economic Costs and Benefits of Leaking and Whistleblowing

November 20, 2018

In this report, whistleblowers from eight European countries describe what they experienced after they took a stand. Additionally, civil society experts weigh in on how the EU can craft policies to better protect whistleblowers. The question of how to define whistleblowing—does it apply to sexual harassment, can NGOs be considered whistleblowers, and so on—is also explored.The report ultimately recommends an EU-wide directive on whistleblowing, which it argues would give whistleblowers the protection they need to step forward. The report also argues that a multi-level, multi-stakeholder approach would emphasize the value of whistleblowers and the crucial role they play in a healthy open society.

Human Rights, Citizenship, Democracy; Journalism and Media

Quantifying Kindness, Public Engagement and Place

November 1, 2018

Quantifying kindness, public engagement and place presents findings from the first ever quantitative survey on kindness in communities and public services. The data reveals a reassuring and yet complex picture of kindness in the UK and Ireland, with generally high levels of kindness reported, but at the same time variations in experiences between jurisdictions and across social groups.The research also sheds light on how people describe the place they live in, revealing that two in five people in the UK self-identify as living in a town; and provides insights into people's sense of control over public services, and how they perceive and act upon various methods of public engagement.The data was collected by Ipsos MORI, on behalf of the Carnegie UK Trust; surveys were run with representative random sampling of approximately 1,000 people in each of the five legislative jurisdictions in the UK and Ireland

Health; Human Rights, Citizenship, Democracy

Scenarios for EU Citizenship in 2030. Repertoires for Action in Thinkable Futures

September 3, 2018

European Union (EU) citizenship is both about a legal status - a set of civil, social, economic and political rights complementing one's national citizenship - and about being an active participating member of the EU political community. EU citizenship includes therefore influencing decisionmaking on rules, policies and practices that effect one's own national and local societies. The opportunities and capacities to exercise these rights and to participate differ between countries, between groups and in time. Social, cultural and economic trends, national or regional crises, as well as national and EU policy responses to these trends and crises, create potentially new inequalities, new barriers, but possibly new opportunities too. Although we cannot predict the future, we can prepare ourselves for different thinkable futures. Through this study we intend to feed the discussion on what might happen with EU citizenship in different circumstances. Moreover, by doing so we also want to stimulate the discussion on what repertoires of action by which actors in what circumstances might protect, foster or boost EU citizenship in these alternative futures.

Human Rights, Citizenship, Democracy

Measuring the Impact of Volunteering : Position Paper

March 1, 2018

Volunteering is the most visible expression of promoting solidarity, facilitating social inclusion and building social capital. For these reasons Volonteurope aims to promote the need for greater recognition of volunteering and explore ways to better capture its impact in systemic form through this policy paper.This paper provides a summary of research carried out in Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Italy, The Netherlands, Romania, Serbia and the United Kingdom. It also defines social impact and identifies case studies on how Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and volunteer-involving organisations (VIOs) measure their impact. An overview of the main tools available to assist the learning process and facilitate social and economic impact assessment is outlined. These tools are described in details and their strengths and limitations are highlighted.

Evaluation and Learning; Giving and Volunteering; Human Rights, Citizenship, Democracy

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