Source description last updated: 17 October 2018

In brief: The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) is a non-governmental organisation based in Washington, D.C., that provides information on the legal environment for civil society and public participation.

Coverage on ecoi.net:
Civic Freedom Monitor (Special or Analytical Report) and selected national laws (National Law).
Covered on a quarterly basis on ecoi.net for countries of priorities A-E (all available countries).

Mission/Mandate/Objectives:
The ICNL seeks “a legal environment that strengthens civil society, advances the freedoms of association and assembly, fosters philanthropy, and enables public participation around the world.” (ICNL website: About Us, undated)

ICNL’s aims are to: “Empower local stakeholders; Facilitate cross-border philanthropy; Develop the analytic basis for (their) work; and Foster global norms and multilateral engagement” (ICNL website: About Us, undated).

 “ICNL’s Civic Freedom Monitor provides up-to-date information on legal issues affecting civil society and civic freedoms – the freedoms of association, expression and peaceful assembly. […] Each country report provides an overview of key legal issues relating to civic freedom, with a focus on legal barriers to civil society activity. Each multilateral organization report provides an overview of the organization, with a focus on legal issues affecting civic freedom and civic participation.” (ICNL website: Civic Freedom Monitor, undated)

Funding:
Primarily funded by U.S. and other government grants, with smaller portions of revenue derived from foundation and corporation grants and other sources (ICNL website: Annual Report 2016-2017, p. 12)

Scope of reporting:
Geographic focus: The Civic Freedom Monitor currently covers 54 countries Eastern Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, Asia and Latin America, as well as 8 multilateral institutions. (ICNL website: Civic Freedom Monitor, undated)

Thematic focus: legal issues relating to freedoms of speech, assembly and association, with a focus on legal status and barriers to activities of civil society organisations (ICNL website: Civic Freedom Monitor, undated; see also, for example: Civic Freedom Monitor: Jordan, last updated 15 August 2018)

Methodology:
The Civic Freedom Monitoring Network is “comprised of individuals and organizations located in more than 40 countries. The Network is dedicated to monitoring legal developments affecting civil society at the country and regional level” (ICNL website: Civil Freedom Monitor, undated).
The Civic Freedom Monitor collates published material on legislation and policy relating to civic freedoms and NGOs (see, for example: Civic Freedom Monitor: Jordan, last updated 15 August 2018).

Language(s) of publications:
English

Further reading / links:
MacArthur Foundation: International Center for Not-For-Profit Law, 16 February 2012
http://www.macfound.org/maceirecipients/13/
 
All links accessed 17 October 2018.
 
ecoi.net summary:

NGO Law Monitor

"ICNL's NGO Law Monitor provides up-to-date information on legal issues affecting not-for-profit, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) around the world. At this time, ICNL presents reports on 41 countries and 8 multilateral organizations. Each country report provides an overview of key issues relating to the freedom of association and the NGO legal framework, with a focus on legal barriers affecting civil society. Each regional organization report provides an overview of the organization, focusing on its engagement on NGO legal issues." http://www.icnl.org/research/monitor/

Homepage:
http://www.icnl.org/
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