Civil Society Strengthening

The organizations currently presented in this section were chosen for their mission of fostering positive, democratic change around the world.


Civil society
Civil society—Case studies
Non-governmental organizations
Non-governmental organizations—Government policy
Non-governmental organizations—Law and legislation
Political participation—Case studies

Open Access Journals

International Journal of Not-for-Profit Law
IJNL is a quarterly journal of analysis on global civil society.

Journal of Democracy
Select free articles from the Journal of Democracy, a leading publication on the theory and practice of democracy.  The journal is part of the International Forum for Democratic Studies, housed within the National Endowment for Democracy.

Organizations, Institutions and Networks

Albert Einstein Institution
The Albert Einstein Institution is a nonprofit organization advancing the study and use of strategic nonviolent action in conflicts throughout the world.

American Center for International Labor Solidarity (Solidarity Center)
The Solidarity Center is a non-profit AFL-CIO allied organization that assists workers around the world who are struggling to build democratic and independent trade unions.

Association for Progressive Communications (APC)
The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) is an international network of civil society organisations dedicated to empowering and supporting groups and individuals working for peace, human rights, development and protection of the environment, through the strategic use of information and communication technologies (ICTs), including the Internet.

Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs
The Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to research and education in the field of ethics and international affairs.

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (CEIP)
The Endowment conducts programs of research, discussion, publication, and education in international affairs and U.S. foreign policy.

Center for the Study of Democracy (CSD)
The CSD, University of California at Irvine, focuses around three central themes: the relationship between citizens and their government, the performance of democratic governments, and the consolidation of new democracies.

Centre for Democratic Institutions
CDI responds to the needs of developing countries in the field of good governance and democratic institutions.
Changemakers’ mission is to provide inspiration, resources, and opportunities for those interested in social change throughout the world.

Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)
CIPE is one of the four core institutes of the National Endowment for Democracy and an affiliate of the US Chamber of Commerce.

Council for a Community of Democracies (CCD)
Since 2001, CCD has devoted itself to advocating for democratic change and international cooperation by working with civil society and governments around the world to making the Community of Democracies (CD) a strong, democratic institution capable of addressing the needs of an ever-changing world.

Euroregional Center for Democracy
The CED is a non-governmental and non-profit organization, that promotes democracy and stability in Central and South – Eastern Europe.

Freedom House
Freedom House is a broad-based, non-partisan organization focused on promoting democratic values around the world and standing opposed to dictatorships.

Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
The Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies conducts and promotes interdisciplinary research on key global and international issues at Stanford University.

Heinrich Boell Foundation North America / Heinrich Böll Foundation
A political party foundation based in Germany the Stiftung provides assistance to democratic groups around the world.

International Foundation for Election Systems (IFES)
IFES is a nonprofit organization that provides nonpartisan technical assistance worldwide to promote democracy and serves as a clearinghouse for information about democratic development and elections.

International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX)
IREX (the International Research & Exchanges Board) is the premier US nonprofit organization specializing in higher education, independent media, Internet development, and civil society programs in the United States, Europe, Eurasia, the Near East, and Asia.

International Republican Institute (IRI)
IRI is the premier international democracy-development organization. Our nonpartisan, nongovernmental Institute has performed high-impact work in more than 100 countries since 1983.

National Democratic Institute (NDI)
The National Democratic Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, nongovernmental organization that has supported democratic institutions and practices in every region of the world for more than three decades.

National Endowment for Democracy (NED)
The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is a private, nonprofit organization created in 1983 to strengthen democratic institutions around the world through nongovernmental efforts.

Olof Palme International Center
The Olof Palme International Center works with international development co-operation and public outreach surrounding international political and security issues.

Open Society Archives
OSA’s mission is to: obtain, preserve and make available research resources for the study of Communism and the Cold War, particularly in Central and Eastern Europe, as well as the issues of human rights; support and facilitate the philanthropic goals of the Soros foundations network, especially by providing information, records management and archival services for all its entities.

Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)
The OSCE is a regional security organization which has been established as a primary instrument for early warning, conflict prevention, crisis management and post-conflict rehabilitation under Chapter VIII of the Charter of the United Nation.

Organization of American States (OAS)
The Organization of American States (OAS) is the hemisphere’s primary policy forum for multilateral dialogue and action.

World Movement for Democracy (WMD)
The World Movement for Democracy is a global network of democrats including activists, practitioners, academics, policy makers, and funders, who have come together to cooperate in the promotion of democracy.