Creating Knowledge

To inform policy discussions and support advocacy efforts, ICNL undertakes cutting-edge research on laws and trends affecting civic space, philanthropy, and related issues at country and regional levels. ICNL also collaborates with local partners to produce context-specific research and knowledge products. Local partners from civil society, government, academia, and the development community use ICNL resources to assess laws and their implementation and develop practical approaches to addressing key issues facing civil society.

Graduate students and civil society practitioners attending the ICNL-Centre for Human Rights-organized advanced human rights course on Civil Society Law in South Africa, July 2017 (Photo: Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria)
Graduate students and civil society practitioners attending the ICNL-Centre for Human Rights-organized advanced human rights course on Civil Society Law in South Africa, July 2017 (Photo: Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria)

Highlights

The Impact of the Closing of Civic Space on HIV Response in East Africa

Civil society organizations have helped propel the global response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. However, their activities could slow down or stop altogether if the space for CSOs advocacy is tightened or closed. In this 2018 report, ICNL presents in-depth research and analysis on the ways in which the closing of civic space is affecting HIV responses in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Uganda.

Media Laws in Tanzania

Together with our partners, ICNL developed a handbook to help media practitioners, human rights defenders, and civil society organizations respond to increased restrictions on media and civic space in Tanzania. The handbook builds understanding of the legal and policy framework affecting the daily work of media and other organizations and proposes strategies for navigating restrictions.

Fellowships

ICNL’s Africa program provides talented research fellows with opportunities, space, and resources to undertake cutting-edge research and deepen their knowledge of areas of particular interest. ICNL’s fellowship alumni are strong and lasting partners, who are able to provide the leadership, knowledge, and skills needed to address key issues facing civil society in their home countries.