Our Impact

5000+ resources

Our research has helped develop the theoretical basis for our field and has been endorsed by the Dalai Lama, Vaclav Havel, Desmond Tutu, and other global civil society leaders.

100+ laws

We have worked with thousands of partners to successfully promote the passage of laws that strengthen civic freedoms, philanthropy, and public participation.

3500+ partners

We work alongside our partners to navigate evolving legal environments for civil society, philanthropy, and public participation, around the world.

For over 25 years, we have worked closely with partners in more than 100 countries to promote civic freedoms and improve the legal environment for civil society. Here are some of our proudest accomplishments:

Notable Memberships

One of two civil society organizations on the board of the UN Democracy Fund

Consultative status with ECOSOC

Serves on the board of InterAction and CIVICUS

Our Latest Impact Stories

December 21, 2021Rapid Response Support

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Throughout the year, ICNL rapidly developed legal analyses to support civil society under pressure, including practical resources to navigate...

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ICNL is working with a broad coalition of civil liberties, racial justice, environmental, and other groups to address anti-protest...

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COVID hit Kyrgyzstan hard, overwhelming an already fragile healthcare system. In the face of these challenges, Elim Barsynby, a...

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ICNL partnered with the Lebanese Oil and Gas Initiative (LOGI), a civil society organization promoting transparent management of oil...

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In early 2020, as COVID began to spread globally, ICNL recognized the repercussions of states’ emergency responses on fundamental...

Responding to Covid-19, ICNLand partners tracked the impact of government responses, analyzed trends, informed the public, and supported partners.

For more stories and news about our work, visit our news page here.

From Our Partners & Supporters

“ICNL has been with us since 2012, assisting us – not leading, but helping us lead – by providing expertise. We trust them.”

—Khin Lay, director of the Women’s Triangle Association in Myanmar, June, 2019

“Without [ICNL’s] support, this work on civil society would have been almost impossible to deliver.”

—Fionnuala D. Ní Aoláin, UN Special Rapporteur