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This grant renewal provides general purposes support for CIVICUS, an international alliance established in 1993 dedicated to strengthening citizen action and civil society worldwide. CIVICUS currently has 1,100 members from 121 countries. Key partners at the global level include United Nations agencies, academic institutions, and many large international development organizations. CIVICUS also has consultative status with global and regional bodies such as World Bank and the Council of Europe. CIVICUS' programmatic work entails knowledge generation and analysis (e.g., annual State of Civil Society report, Enabling Environment Index); communications (e.g., International Day of Citizen Action, Every Human has Rights campaign, Be the Change coalition); convening (e.g., International Civil Society Week, Affinity Group of National Associations); and advocacy (e.g., participation in the United Nations Development Cooperation Forum). CIVICUS also has programs on participatory governance, development cooperation and aid effectiveness, and legitimacy, transparency, and accountability of civil society organizations.
This project supports the specialized journalism agency Mongabay.org to increase the quality and quantity of journalistic coverage of Brazilian finance of energy development in the Amazon rainforest. This project will pay particular attention to exploring the role that Brazil is playing in new hydroelectric power projects in the Tapajos watershed, one of the last intact river systems in the Brazilian Amazon. Mongabay.org is a specialist in science and environmental reporting about tropical forests, with partnerships for dissemination of material in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
This grant provides continued support to the International Society for Third-Sector Research, a global membership association with 652 members from 72 countries that encourages, supports, and provides academic legitimacy to the study of civil society around the world. Founded in 1992 and based at Johns Hopkins University, the society's major accomplishments include convening biennial international research conferences; publishing special reports, conference working papers, and a scholarly journal; and convening regional meetings of research networks in Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Asia and the Pacific. A grant increase will enable the society to support a special session on community foundations at its 11th International Conference in Muenster, Germany. The session is part of a set of projects and events marking the centennial of the community foundation field.
The Mott Foundation, through its Civil Society program, funds nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) working in Central/Eastern Europe and Russia and South Africa. The overall goal of our work in these regions is to develop and strengthen civil society by promoting civic participation in democratic processes at the local, national and regional levels; strengthening philanthropy and the nonprofit sector, and addressing issues related to race and reconciliation and transitional justice.
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