Our Work

We believe that all people have the right to join together to make their communities and the world a better place. To achieve this, everyone needs a safe, legal environment that supports civic freedoms, philanthropy, and public participation.

We work with civil society organizations, governments, and the international community to strengthen the legal environment for civil society. For more than twenty-five years, ICNL has worked alongside partners in more than 100 countries, providing us with in-depth expertise from local to global contexts.

We work in over 100 countries.

ICNL’s work spans the globe. Since our founding in 1992, we have worked with partners in more than 100 countries. We currently have active projects in 103 countries and resources on 138 countries. Explore our work using the map below.

Coronavirus and Civic Space

The coronavirus is a significant threat to public health; it does not need to be a significant threat to civic freedom. This issue page presents key resources on how the coronavirus response is impacting civic space and the existing international law framework on upholding human rights during the crisis. Visit the page here.


Core Themes

ICNL works to promote and strengthen civic freedoms, public participation, and philanthropy around the world. In doing so, we focus on five core themes:

Key Issues

ICNL explores a wide range of issues affecting civic freedoms around the world. We also keep track of emerging trends that will shape civic space in the future. Our global staff and network of partners maintain a knowledge base that is open to everyone.

Regional Programs

Our work is also organized by geographic region. Explore more below.