State of Civil Society Report 2014
June 2, 2014  //  By:   //  Blog Post, Featured  //  No Comment

On Monday, June 2nd, 2014, CIVICUS released its annual State of Civil Society Report. This year’s report is focused on the state of global governance, and it contains significant contributions from Center for Governance and Sustainability Senior Fellow Dr. Harris Gleckman. Dr. Gleckman, a long-time employee of the United Nations, is an expert in the role of transnational business in global governance efforts. In 2012, he authored and released a Readers’ Guide to the World Economic Forum’s Global Redesign Initiative.

The State of Civil Society report is authored by civil society organization representatives and CSO-concerned academics, and is intended for consumption by other CSOs. This edition contains six sections on global governance, including:

  • The Great Challenges of the 21st Century;
  • Citizens Demanding Accountability in the International Arena;
  • The Search for an Equitable Economic Order; and
  • From Rio+20 to Beyond 2015


The report also includes the pilot for a project that assesses how well intergovernmental organizations engage civil society. The pilot presents scores for ten IGOs, including the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, United Nations Development Programme, and the World Bank, according to four aspects of engagement: Access; Policy; Programmes; and Empowerment. While the figures are too numerous to include here, the overall conclusion is that civil society engagement with IGOs is underdeveloped in many areas. Engagement could be improved if IGOs enhance civil society influence on policy issues, work on greater regional and local outreach efforts, and work towards coordinating regional and local CSO work around thematic issues.

To read the full report, click here.

About the Author :

Michael Denney is a PhD student in the Global Governance and Human Security program at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He is a Research Associate at the Center for Governance and Sustainability.

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