2016 News

5 December, 2016: Countries Commit to Reversing the Decline of Civic Space to Enhance Development: From November 28 to December 1, 2016, the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC) held its second High-Level Meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, to take stock of progress on development effectiveness commitments and to set the agenda for advancing these commitments for years to come.

30 September, 2016: New Report Surveys Trends Affecting Civil Space in 2015-16: In the latest issue of Global Trends, ICNL examines some of the key events that occured at the regional and international levels that impacted the enabling environment for civil society during 2015-16.

28 September, 2016: ICNL launches rebranded ‘Civic Freedom Monitor’ as successor to NGO Law Monitor: ICNL is pleased to announce today the launch of its “Civic Freedom Monitor,” a rebranded version of its long-running NGO Law Monitor – widely recognized as the most comprehensive source of information on legal issues affecting civil society organizations (CSOs) around the world.

6 September, 2016: New Report Examines the Impact of Closing Civic Space on Development and Humanitarian CSOs: In the latest issue of Global Trends, ICNL examines the difficult experiences of civil society organizations focused on development, which have also witnessed the deterioration of an enabling environment conducive to their success.

5 July, 2016: Joint Press Statement by Civic Space Initiative: States Must Implement UN HRC Resolution on Civil Society Space.

29 June, 2016: NPOs applaud important changes in Financial Action Task Force (FATF) policy: ICNL and ECNL are delighted to annouce our success in changing how the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) perceives non-profit organizations (NPOs).

26 May, 2016: UN High Commissioner’s Report on the Enabling Environment for Civil Society: ICNL and ECNL welcome the report of the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights on “Practical recommendations for the creation and maintenance of a safe and enabling environment for civil society, based on good practices and lessons learned.". The report highlights elements necessary for robust civil society space.

4 May, 2016: New Report Examines LGBTI Civil Society Organizations Around the Globe: In the latest issue of Global Trends in NGO Law, ICNL examines some of the legal challenges to the rights of association, assembly and expression faced by CSOs that advocate on behalf of the LGBTI community.

21 March, 2016: New Report Examines Challeges for Environmental NGOs: In the latest issue of Global Trends in NGO Law, ICNL examines common techniques used by governments and corporations to undermine the ability of environmental groups and activists to exercise their rights.

28 January, 2016: ICNL's 2014-2015 Annual Report: Shaping Civic Space: ICNL is pleased to announce the release of our 2014-2015 annual report, "Shaping Civic Space."