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Civil society is undergoing its most significant crisis and change for a generation. Many established civil society organisations (CSOs) are struggling under the weight of multiple economic and political challenges, but are also shown to be disconnected from many citizens, and particularly from new and informal forms of participation and activism.

This is the key finding of CIVICUS’ Civil Society Index (CSI), a three year civil society self-assessment and research project conducted in 35 countries in Latin America, Europe, Middle East and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa and Central and East Asia between 2008 and 2011. This comprehensive analysis of civil society strengths and weaknesses is summarised in the CSI overview report, published by CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, September 2011. The report, Bridging the Gaps: Citizens, organisations and dissociation, paints a picture of multiple disconnects for civil society: disconnects between CSOs and governments and the private sector, with relationships tending to be piecemeal, volatile and characterised by limitations on what can be raised; disconnects between CSOs and other organisations within civil society, such as trade unions and faith groups, and between advocacy-oriented CSOs and service delivery-oriented CSOs; and disconnects between CSOs and the citizens they are assumed to represent and serve. It concludes that the rise of informal activity, such as the people’s movements of the Arab Spring, offers a new challenge and opportunity to CSOs: they must embrace such movements to connect better with the public and renew themselves in order to survive.

 Bridging the Gaps is available at http://www.civicus.org/news-and-resources/reports-and-publications/588

 

 


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