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CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation "is an international alliance with members in about 110 countries that has worked for over a decade to strengthen citizen action and civil society throughout the world, especially in areas where participatory democracy and citizens' freedom of association are threatened. CIVICUS has a vision of a global community of active, engaged citizens committed to the creation of a more just and equitable world. This is premised on the belief that the health of societies exists in direct proportion to the degree of balance between the state, the private sector and civil society. CIVICUS provides a focal point for knowledge-sharing, common interest representation, global institution-building and engagement among these disparate sectors. It acts as an advocate for citizen participation as an essential component of governance and democracy worldwide. CIVICUS seeks to amplify the voices and opinions of ordinary people and it gives expression to the enormous creative energy of the burgeoning sector of civil society."

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CIVICUS has established its global headquarters in Johannesburg, South Africa." [1]


"We would like to thank the following donors for their generous support in helping CIVICUS achieve its mission during 2005:" (2005 Annual Report)

Membership (Foundations)

In 2000 they received $165,000 from the Ford Foundation to "circulate information about cross-sector partnerships that engage business in community and economic development." [2]


Accessed July 2009: [3]

=Former Board Members



Resources and articles


  1. About CIVICUS, CIVICUS, accessed July 4, 2007.
  2. 2000 Annual Report, Ford Foundation, accessed July 4, 2007.
  3. Directors, CIVICUS, accessed July 21, 2009.