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CIVICUS Civil Society Index: Preliminary Findings Phase 2003-2005

CIVICUS Civil Society Index: Preliminary Findings Phase 2003-2005

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The CIVICUS Civil Society Index (CSI) Project held the International CSI Workshop from 19 to 21 June 2006 in Glasgow, Scotland. The ICSI Workshop provided a forum for the CSI project partners and selected stakeholders to identify and discuss key findings of the CSI and to evaluate the CSI project phase 2003-2006. A pre-workshop paper was produced on the preliminary results of the CSI.
The CIVICUS Civil Society Index (CSI) Project held the International CSI Workshop from 19 to 21 June 2006 in Glasgow, Scotland. The ICSI Workshop provided a forum for the CSI project partners and selected stakeholders to identify and discuss key findings of the CSI and to evaluate the CSI project phase 2003-2006. A pre-workshop paper was produced on the preliminary results of the CSI.

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CIVICUS CIVIL SOCIETY INDEX:PRELIMINARY FINDINGSPHASE 2003-2005
CIVICUS Civil Society Index TeamJune, 2006CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participationwww.civicus.org 
This paper is based on findings of the CSI implementations at the country level.The views and opinions expressed in this paper are of the CIVICUS CSI teammembers and do not necessarily represent those of the CSI national partners.
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Foreword
This publication presents an important milestone in the rather brief history of the CIVICUS CivilSociety Index (CSI). For the first time, the project can present a rather broad view of the findings onthe state of civil society in a range of countries, as well as results of evaluations of the CSI tools atthe country level and first signs of impact of the project.Of course, the number of countries and the range of results analysed in this publication is relativelysmall. However, we hope it provides the reader with an interesting preview of the upcoming two-volume Global Report on the State of Civil Society, which will include findings from close to 50countries, as well as analysis of cross cutting themes and regional issues.This paper seeks to provide some background information for the International CSI workshoptaking place in Glasgow, Scotland, from the 19
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of June 2006. It also combines an analysis ofresearch findings with the preliminary results of the project evaluation. Thus, this publication putsinto practice the CSI’s philosophy of sharing results as quickly and widely as possible and of beingopen and transparent about the project’s challenges.This publication is the product of a unique collaboration among a wide range of participants. Firstand foremost, it is important to acknowledge the work of the CIVICUS CSI Team, who workedextremely hard over the last months to drive the project forward and make this publicationpossible. The CSI team received guidance and advice from the CSI’s International Steering Groupmembers: Helmut Anheier, David Bonbright, Ramon Daubon, Alan Fowler, Jude Howell, ThiernoKane, Carmen Malena, Christine Musisi and Saad Eddin Ibrahim.Of course, this publication would not have been possible without the work undertaken by thenational CSI partners, which are implementing the project on the ground and providing CIVICUSwith relevant information. It is important to stress that the national partners themselves engaged ina very consultative process to produce the CSI, involving National Advisory Groups, NationalWorkshop participants and many other stakeholders interested in examining the current state ofcivil society. We estimate that, on average, more than 100 people actively participated in the CSIexercise in each of the 54 countries.Last, but not least, we would like to take this opportunity to thank those institutions, which haveprovided financial and other kinds of support to the CSI exercise. The list of CSI supporters in thevarious countries would be too long for this foreword. We would, however, like to acknowledgethe support to CIVICUS provided by the Aga Khan Foundation Canada, Canadian InternationalDevelopment Agency (CIDA), Cordaid, International Development Resource Centre (IDRC), IrishAid, Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad), the Overseas DevelopmentInstitute (ODI) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).We trust that this paper makes for interesting reading and lets you develop an appetite for theforthcoming products of the CSI.Volkhart Finn Heinrich Kumi NaidooAssistant Secretary General Programmes Secretary General
 
 
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Table of Contents
ForewordTable of ContentsList of AcronymsIntroduction 5I The CSI Framework 61.
 
Project Background 62.
 
Project Methodology 72.1 Civil society definition 82.2 CSI analytical framework: indicators, subdimensions and dimensions 83.
 
Implementation Approach 103.1 Actors involved in the CSI implementation 103.2 CSI implementation steps 113.3 CSI research mix and scoring process 124.
 
CSI Outcomes and Outputs 145.
 
Linking Research and Action 14II Preliminary CSI Findings - A Regional Analysis 161. Introduction 162. Regional Findings 162.1 Asia 162.2 Latin America 182.3 Middle East and the Mediterranean 212.4 Post-communist Europe and Eurasia 232.5 Sub-Saharan Africa 252.6 Western Europe 263. Summary of Key Findings and Questions for Discussion 28III Reflections on the CSI Implementation 311. Preliminary Results of the Final Evaluations of the CSI Project 311.1 Introduction 311.2 Methodology of the evaluation 311.3 Evaluation criteria 311.4 Findings of the evaluations 321.5 Additional evaluation criteria 342. Early signs of Impact of the CSI 352.1 Background 352.2 Types of impact 362.3 Conclusion 39IV Ways forward for the CSI 401. Next Steps for the CSI 401.1 Joint Learning 401.2 Analysis 401.3 External Evaluation 411.4 Redesign 412. The Future of the CSI 41AnnexesBibliography
 

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