ICNL works alongside local partners around the world to defend and expand civil society. We raise awareness of international norms and national laws and practices, so that our partners can take advantage of openings and cope with restrictions in civil space. In Bangladesh, we’ve hosted seminars on legal empowerment, and in Afghanistan we’ve encouraged dialogue between the government and civil society. In Nepal, we enhanced CSO self-regulatory initiatives. Our support to local partners helps them respond effectively to the high-priority issues facing civil society today.
Strengthening Local Partners
In Bangladesh, ICNL conducts seminars on legal empowerment to educate our civil society partners on international standards related to freedoms of association, assembly, and expression and support informed discussion of Bangladeshi law.
In Afghanistan, ICNL has established and nurtured a working group with government and civil society representatives to discuss a range of issues facing civil society. The working group has already addressed a range of challenges, including taxation, reporting, and local regulation.
In Nepal, ICNL convened a conference on self-regulation in 2017. Since then, our local partners have completed a civic charter outlining the principles that civil society organizations pledge to uphold. ICNL has also facilitated cooperation between leading civil society coalitions, and now, for the first time, they are working together on legal reform and self-regulatory initiatives.