Regional and Global Overviews

This portal reviews trends in the laws affecting NGOs in Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East/North Africa, Latin America, the South Pacific, and Globally.

Global Trends in NGO Law

Global Trends highlights key developments relating to the legal and regulatory issues that affect Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) around the world, including humanitarian, LGBTI, and environmental CSOs.

Middle East and North Africa

Latin America





  • Civic Freedom Monitor: ICNL's Civic Freedom Monitor provides the most current information on legal issues affecting civil society and civic freedoms – the freedoms of association, expression and peaceful assembly – in 50 countries and eight regional multilateral institutions.
  • Enabling Environment National Assessment (EENA): Implemented jointly by ICNL and CIVICUS, the EENA offers country reports on the legal, regulatory, and policy environment for civil society in 16 countries around the world. These assessments are designed to be locally-owned, rooted in primary data collected at the grassroots level, and validated by a consensus based, multi-stakeholder process with the dual purpose of strengthening the capacity of civil society to advocate for an enabling environment and improving CSO-government relations.
  • CIVICUS State of Civil Society Report: This report details the key events, issues, and trends affecting civil society around the world on an annual basis.
  • United States International Grantmaking Project: In partnership with the Council on Foundations, ICNL prepared 35 country summaries to assist grantmakers and their advisors to meet IRS requirements when making grants abroad.
  • Shrinking Political Space of Civil Society Action: This policy paper is the result of collaboration between two working groups of the ACT Alliance. The ACT working groups initiated an analysis of trends relating to the political space available to CSOs, in response to the widely held perception amongst ACT member organisations that government policies and action are increasingly inhibiting the ability of CSOs to operate freely.