Governments and donors increasingly rely on civil society groups to provide services, and support social cohesion. In spite of this civil society is under pressure in an increasing number of contexts globally. We support organisations and networks to develop the necessary skills to work with communities, government partners and international donors to strengthen civic life.
In fragile and complex environments, where state institutions are weak, governments and donors increasingly rely on civil society groups to access hard-to-reach populations, provide services, and support social cohesion. International funding is increasingly geared towards empowering, supporting and training civil society to contribute to reforming state-society relations and fostering legitimate institutions.
In spite of this, and sometimes because of it, civil society is under pressure in an increasing number of countries and contexts around the world. This reduction in the space to operate is characterised by diminishing rights and freedoms, restrictive legal frameworks and sanctions, and even intimidation, oppression and violence, targeted against civic organisations, the independent media, and activists and political opposition.
What We Do:
Integrity works to guide our partners to understand and engage with civil society. We understand that civil society is shaped by its operating context, requiring tailored and considered approaches to understand the different and sometimes conflicting visions, influences and motivations.
We apply mapping and analysis methods to identify different groups and understand their levels of influence, legitimacy and reach to inform sensitive engagement.
Through a nuanced and informed understanding of civil society, we support our partners to engage in training and capacity building support. We support civil society organisations and networks to develop the necessary skills to work with communities, government partners and international donors to deliver projects and programmes and strengthen civic life.