About the World Movement for Democracy

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.

The Washington, DC-based National Endowment for Democracy (NED) initiated this nongovernmental effort with a global Assembly in New Delhi, India, in February 1999 to strengthen democracy where it is weak, to reform and invigorate democracy even where it is longstanding, and to bolster pro-democracy groups in countries that have not yet entered into a process of democratic transition.

Information about the World Movement for Democracy can be found at www.wmd.org.

More information about NED can be found at: www.ned.org.

About the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL)

ICNL is the leading source of information on the legal environment for civil society and public participation. Since 1992, ICNL has served as a resource to civil society leaders, government officials, and the donor community in over 90 countries.

More information about ICNL can be found at: www.icnl.org.

About the Project

Civil society groups around the world face increasing restrictions from authoritarian governments, yet these groups are essential for the healthy growth of democracy and freedom. Defending Civil Society is the World Movement’s response to this troubling trend: an ongoing effort to develop strategies and build solidarity among activists and groups pushing back against laws repressing nongovernmental organizations. Defending Civil Society is a joint project with the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL). The project compiles practical information on issues faces by civil society, documents the important lessons learned, and identifies the tools that have been used for effective reform strategies in the past. The website, www.defendingcivilsociety.org, features the Defending Civil Society Report, Toolkit, and specific country reports.

Eminent Persons Group

By endorsing the Defending Civil Society report, the following individuals help raise the issue of the increasingly restrictive environment for civil society around the world, promote the report, and monitor the implementation of its recommendations.

This Eminent Persons Group has shown their support by issuing an endorsement letter and urging all governments, the international community, and citizens worldwide to protect and enhance civil society space. The African Commission on Human & Peoples’ Rights also endorsed the reports findings. See endorsement letter here.