ICNL promotes an enabling legal environment for civil society in Sub-Saharan Africa. We work with partners across the continent to advance freedoms of association, assembly, and expression; encourage public participation and philanthropy; and support civil society when its rights and activities are threatened.
We are privileged to collaborate with many talented civil society leaders, activists, government officials, lawyers, media workers, and academics in more than twenty countries of Sub-Saharan Africa. Working together, we strengthen local partner organizations and regional networks, provide technical assistance, and contribute to the knowledge base through research and teaching. With our partners we have helped develop progressive regional norms as well as national laws and policies that expand civic space throughout the region.