Where Philanthropy and Civil Society Meet
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CivSource–Africa is an independent Advisory Firm that seeks to refine the practice and footprint of philanthropy in Africa, for authentic civic engagement. We are pioneers in the space where philanthropy and civil society meet and seek to foster an environment that nurtures mutually beneficial relationships and stewardship of entrusted resources. We provide thought leadership on strategic financing models for effective philanthropy and civic engagement. We also facilitate open and informed conversations pertaining to philanthropic giving and civil society organizations.
Is short for civil society. Funding civil society strengthens their human rights work as critical partners in advancing good governance and development. Civ also ensures that our focus and that of funders remains the people and not the money.
We are a source of information and advice to funders on a spectrum of issues such as human rights, socio-political context, and other areas. To civil society we are a source of support to advance their potential.
Is the way we define the geographical, cultural and ideological space within which we operate, and it also speaks to our roots and grounding in our continent.
One of the key products of our work is a Bi-weekly Human Rights and Political Economy Tracker. The purpose of this Tracker is to provide CivSource Africa partners, allies and other stakeholders with a keen interest in Uganda and the region with regular and consistent information on the key issues within our scope and their implications for civil society work. We cover Civil liberties, Socio-economic, women and minority rights, political economy, security and access to justice. More
Refining the practice and footprint of philanthropy for effective civic engagement in Africa
Civil Society News
Over the last two years or so, it has become common practice for CSO leaders in Uganda to interact with the Minister of Internal Affairs, who heads the ministry that provides oversight for NGO registration in the country. These dialogues were started as a way of addressing pertinent issues that affect the CSOs operating environment in the country. The most recent dialogue took place in Arua. Detailed notes from the meeting HERE...
Government is vested with the mandate of service provision for its citizens. The execution of this responsibility has colossal financial implications which are financed from among other sources, taxes. Ideally, tax revenue is converted into education, healthcare, energy, agricultural extension, piped water and other forms of public capital or amenities. More
As the domain of civil society burgeoned in the 1990s and early 2000s—a crucial component of the global spread of democracy in the developing and postcommunist worlds—many transnational and domestic actors involved in building and supporting this expanding civil society assumed that the sector was naturally animated by organizations mobilizing for progressive causes. More
Since 2002, Uganda had not held elections for Local Council (LC) One and Two (parishes) leaders. For the last 17 years therefore, the country did not have constitutionally recognised LC leadership. Indeed, the country had, during that period, transitioned to multiparty politics meaning that the structures that existed in a Movement form of governance were unconstitutional. More
Civil Society organisations in Uganda working under two umbrella bodies: The Inter Religious Council of Uganda (IRCU) and The Elders’ Forum of Uganda (TEFU) have announced dates for the National Dialogue. The launch of the national process aimed at ensuring citizenry participation in determining the country’s political, social and economic destiny is set for November 21, 2018 in Kampala. More
Oxfam just published a paper on the ‘shrinking civic space’ around the world. In the Paper “Space to be Heard: Mobilizing the power of people to reshape civic space” Oxfam notes that there is a relentless squeeze in dozens of countries on the activities of civil society organizations (CSOs) and activists. More
During his four-hour long State of the Nation address on September 9, President Museveni claimed that some foreign countries, which he did not name, were determined to influence Uganda's politics by channelling financial assistance to the opposition through civil society organizations (CSOs). More
Civil society organisations (CSOs) in Uganda have proposed amendments to the Sexual Offences Bill. The Bill that was first tabled in parliament in 2016 seeks to consolidate all laws relating to sexual offenses, combat sexual violence; provide for punishment of sexual offenders; provide for procedural and evidential requirements during trial of sexual offenses and for other related matters. more
Civil Society representatives and partners from Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania convened in Kampala, Uganda in September, 2018, to discuss ways of safeguarding and advancing civic space and democratic accountability in the region. More