CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation

CIVICUS is an international alliance established in 1993 to nurture the foundation, growth and protection of citizen action throughout the world, especially in areas where participatory democracy and citizens' freedom of association are threatened

CIVICUS aims to contribute towards a healthy global society in which:

  • Citizen intervention is recognised as a vital aspect of political, economic and cultural life.
    Citizen bodies are able to interact openly and legitimately with government and business. The relationship between a society’s citizens and its businesses and government is balanced and equal.         

    CIVICUS’ work is funded largely through grant support.  Membership fees, the sale of publications and registration fees for the CIVICUS World Assembly also contribute to its budget.

    CIVICUS is based in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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