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A close up picture of the coronavirus (Photo: CDC/Unsplash)

The United States is in the midst of addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. All 50 states, as well as the...

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Across the country, communities are gathering at rallies and marches to express concerns about pipelines’ impact on the environment,...

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The COVID-19 response is currently an all-consuming effort for governments and people in countries around the world. In this...

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In this piece for the Center for Global Development, ICNL Alliance Advisory Council Member Michael Pisa discusses how the...

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In an article for Just Security, ICNL President Douglas Rutzen and Legal Advisor Nikhil Dutta discuss government overreach during...

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ECNL Senior Legal Advisor Marta Achler's piece discusses why the internet and the online spaces are a 'lifeline' for...

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The coronavirus is a significant threat to public health; it does not need to be a significant threat to...

US Ambassador to Bangladesh Mr. Earl Miller, Mr. Anisul Huq, Minister, Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, and DFID Senior Governance Adviser Ms. Aislin Baker were special guests at the Building Bridges between Civil Society and Government launch event in Dhaka, Bangladesh. (Photo: CPI)

The legal environment for civil society organizations in Bangladesh is complex. After conducting a needs assessment, ICNL found that...

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This briefing explores key trends in philanthropy and their possible impact on civic space. It is one in a...

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This briefing explores the trends in emerging digital technology most likely to shape civic space, and opportunities for civil...

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This briefing explores how states’ responses to the climate crisis over the next two decades will affect civic space...

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This briefing paper addresses the proliferation of new institutions and the “soft” law standards they produce, with particular emphasis...

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In this issue of the Civic Freedom Digest, ICNL highlights some of the key challenges and opportunities for civic...

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This manual lays out the laws and procedures required for an organization to obtain legal status, serving as a...

Participants from ICNL's February 2020 three-day consultative meeting in Banjul-The Gambia on the country’s new NGO bill. (Photo: ICNL)

From February 4 - 6, 2020, ICNL's Sub-Saharan Africa team facilitated a three-day consultative meeting in Banjul-The Gambia to...

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This report provides a detailed overview of the legal framework for association in Central Asia, focusing on Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan,...

2019 AR - Nepal

In 2018, the Government of Nepal presented a draft National Integrity Policy. The policy, if adopted, would have restricted...

Clement Voule, the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association speaking with civil society and the private sector at RightsCon 2019 about strategic ideas on implementing the report recommendations to protect these fundamental freedoms (photo credit: ICNL)

Cybercrime laws, internet shutdowns, and social media taxes are a few tactics governments use to restrict fundamental freedoms online.

December 19, 20192018-2019 Annual Report

ICNL 2018-2019 Annual Report cover photo - mother and son paint a vibrant mural. (Photo: Caiaimage/Trevor Adeiline)

Our 2018-2019 annual report aims to highlight the progress civil society is making to counter restrictions and expand civic...

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To enhance the understanding of the legal framework governing the life-cycle of associations, ICNL prepared these Operational Guidelines for...

December 10, 2019India Philanthropy Law

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Indian culture places great emphasis on Daana (giving). The ancient philosophy of Nishkama Karma – “do good without the...

December 10, 2019China Philanthropy Law

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ICNL’s China Philanthropy Law Report explores the current state of laws and regulations affecting philanthropy.

2019 AR - US

ICNL started the U.S. Protest Law Tracker in 2017 to monitor a wave of anti-protest legislation that undermines people’s...