The latest World Alliance for Citizen Participation report on the state of civil society was published on April 10, 2012 and is now available online! The report was been developed by the CIVICUS secretariat in collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders in the CIVICUS Alliance, including civil society activists, leaders and other voices.
CIVICUS intends this to become a regular report tracking the changing shape of civil society. We’d like in future to involve still more civil society voices in the authorship and development of the report. With this in mind, we’d be very grateful for your feedback on this inaugural version of the report, your suggestions for how future versions of the report can become still more comprehensive and inclusive of the diversity of civil society, and your ideas about how you would like to partner with us in the report.
We’d also be very grateful for any way in which you can help us promote the report and urge people to engage with its analysis. Please forward this email to your contacts and encourage them also to get in touch with us.
In short, the report suggests that civil society currently faces a generational opportunity to prove its value as a source of alternatives at a time of profound global crisis and state dysfunction. The solution, we believe, can only be in the formation of new, more broad-based, inclusive coalitions and communities that take account of the full breadth of civil society and the strengths of different parts of civil society.
CIVICUS stands ready in response to this analysis to play a global convening role to help bring new coalitions together and serve those coalitions. Indeed as part of our process of framing new strategic directions for 2013 to 2017, we are already reaching out to different constituencies to formulate a new civil society agenda.