Promoting Civic Space: 2011-2012 Annual Report

ICNL Annual Report 2011-2012 Cover

12 December 2012

ICNL recently released its 2011-2012 annual report which showcases highlights from the past year.  From defending civil society in Egypt to strengthening social contracting mechanisms in Kazakhstan, ICNL’s work this year has helped promote a legal environment that strengthens civil society, advances the freedoms of association and assembly, fosters philanthropy, and enables public participation around the world.

2011-2012 Annual Report (11MB)



Message from the Chair and from the President

Developments over the past year highlight the importance of an enabling legal environment for civil society, philanthropy and public participation. These are issues whose time has come, and ICNL has met the challenge by supporting stakeholders and providing expertise at the international and national levels.
Among other initiatives at the international level:

  • ICNL supports the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association, assisting with thematic reports and hosting the Special Rapporteur’s Research Fellow at our main office.
  • ICNL serves on the Community of Democracies Working Group on Enabling and Protecting Civil Society, which helps mobilize the international community on civil society legal issues. Chaired by the Government of Canada, state members include Botswana, Chile, Czech Republic, Mongolia, Spain, Sweden, the United States, and Tanzania.
  • ICNL is a partner in Lifeline: the Embattled NGO Assistance Fund. The Fund was created by thirteen countries, and it enables ICNL to support civil society law reform initiatives around the world.

Complementing this international work, ICNL has worked in 100 countries, including countries as diverse as Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Egypt, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, Russia, South Sudan, Turkmenistan, and Zambia.

To deepen the analytic basis of our field, last year ICNL prepared over 125 articles and reports. With the generous support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, we also expanded our online library, which now contains over 2,800 documents from 182 countries.

In June 2012, Dr. Aubrey Webson reached his term limit on our board, and we thank Dr. Webson for his distinguished service including his roles as Board Secretary and Treasurer. We also welcome our new board members, Noshir Dadrawala of India, Justice Natasha Gaber-Damjanovska of Macedonia, and Adam Kolker of the United States.

Financially, ICNL continues to grow, and we thank our funders for their confidence in us. Earlier this year, ICNL was particularly honored to receive a MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions.

We close by paying tribute to ICNL’s staff and partners. Their dedication, skill, and energy are the cornerstone of our success, and we look forward to our continued work together to promote civic space around the world.