Civil Society Index

Agneta Carleson
Documentation of seminar on CSI, a participatory tool for strenghtening the civil society / Civicus has come up with a useful method, the Civil Society Index (CSI) of analysing and measuring civil society in all countries, both rich and poor. It is important to have a clear understanding of the civil society in different countries. Donors such as Sida conduct on analyses on poverty, economy, gender etc, but seldom map the civil society. Such analyses are needed, as donors often count on and support civil society. The Civil Society Index is an important self-assessment tool. It has been carried out in some 50 countries by now, and in this documentation we will get a report on how it works and the findings so far. Civicus is a global civil society organisation based in South Africa with some 1000 member organisations in more than 100 countries.