Research Partners

The CIVICUS Monitor is a collaborative research initiative, bringing together civil society experts and organisations from across the globe. Each of these organisations plays a vital role in keeping information on this platform up-to-date, accurate and grounded in local realities. The following are our core research partners.You can click on the partner's name to visit their website:

Asia Democracy Network (ADN)

A civil society led multi-stakeholders’ platform of democracy advocates and human rights defenders dedicated to the strengthening of democracy and human rights.

Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC)

The AHRC is an independent, non-governmental body, which seeks to promote greater awareness and realisation of human rights in the Asian region, and to mobilise Asian and international public opinion to obtain relief and redress for the victims of human rights violations. AHRC promotes civil and political rights, as well as economic, social and cultural rights.

Arab NGO Network for Development (ANND)

A regional network, working in 12 Arab countries, with nine national networks, which between them have a membership of 250 civil society organisations from different backgrounds, and 23 CSO members. ANND was established in 1997 and has been headquartered in Beirut, Lebanon since 2000.

Balkan Civil Society Development Network (BCSDN

BCSDN aims to empower civil society and influence European and national policies towards a more enabling environment for civil society development, in order to ensure sustainable and functioning democracies in Balkan countries.

Caribbean Policy Development Centre (CPDC)

The leading umbrella body representing the major national and regional CSO networks in the Caribbean, CPDC has served as the voice of the CSO community on a variety of policy issues and concerns.

Charity & Security Network (CSN)

CSN's mission is to protect civil society’s ability to carry out peacebuilding, humanitarian aid and human rights and development work without being unduly constrained by counterterrorism laws and policies.


DefendDefenders (the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project) seeks to strengthen the work of human rights defenders throughout the East and Horn of Africa by reducing their vulnerability to the risk of persecution and enhancing their capacity to defend human rights.

European Civic Forum (ECF)

The European Civic Forum (ECF) is a transnational network that brings together over 100 associations and NGOs across 27 countries in Europe, actively working on issues such as citizenship education, defence of human rights and the advocacy of democracy.

Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR)

GCHR is an independent, non-profit and non-governmental organisation that works to provide support and protection to human rights defenders in the Gulf region by promoting the freedom of association, peaceful assembly and expression.

International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR)

IPHR works closely with civil society groups from the former Soviet Union to raise human rights concerns at the international level and promote respect for the rights of vulnerable communities. IPHR cooperates with the following organisations on providing updates to CIVICUS Monitor: Kazakhstan International Bureau for Human Rights and Rule of Law, Nota Bene, Turkmen Initiative for Human Rights, the Association for Human Rights in Central Asia, as well as other Central Asian human rights groups and defenders.

Civil Liberties Union for Europe (Liberties)

Liberties is a non-governmental organisation promoting the civil liberties of everyone in the European Union (EU). Liberties, together with its members, carries out advocacy, campaigning and public education activities.

Pacific Islands Association of NGOs (PIANGO)

PIANGO is a regional network of CSO coordinating bodies based in 22 Pacific island countries and territories.

Rendir Cuentas

Rendir Cuentas is a group of CSOs in Latin America and the Caribbean that have joined together to promote transparency and accountability. Rendir Cuentas is hosted by the Instituto de Comunicación y Desarrollo (ICD), a regional civil society organisation based in Uruguay that promotes citizen participation and civil society's involvement in democracy and development.

Red Latinoamericana y del Caribe para la Democracia (REDLAD)

REDLAD is a non-profit platform of more than 480 CSOs, networks, activists, academics and others in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Reseau des Plateformes Nationales d’ONG d’Afrique Centrale (REPONGAC)

REPONGAC is a network of national CSO platforms in Central Africa aiming to promote good governance and economic and social development, and to raise civil society's influence over policy in a free democratic space.

SADC Lawyers Association (SADC LA)

SADC LA works in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region and beyond, SADC LA aims to advance and promote human rights, the rule of law, democracy and good governance.


SOLIDAR is a European network of CSOs working to advance social justice in Europe and worldwide.

Voluntary Action Network India (VANI)

As a platform, VANI promotes volunteerism and creates space for voluntary action. As a network, VANI attempts to bring about a convergence of common sectoral issues and concerns to build an agenda for voluntary action in India. 

West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI)

Established by the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) in 2005 to reinforce the capacities of civil society in West Africa. WACSI became operational in July 2007.

West Africa Human Rights Defenders Network (WAHRDN)

WAHRDN is a regional network formed in Dakar, Senegal in 2005 to support the work of human rights defenders in West Africa.