CSO Enabling Environment


Promote the reform of legal and regulatory frameworks based on human rights standards, to facilitate CSO space in policy and practice in compliance with the Istanbul Principles.

What we want to achieve

Permanent multi-stakeholder structures that can monitor and create legal and regulatory reforms in a defined number of countries
by 2019.


By 2019, national governments in a defined number of countries will have permanent MSH structures that will include CSOs at a regular basis.

By 2019, national governments in a defined number of countries will review their laws and policies to enable the free operations of CSOs in the country.

Target Arenas

National governments, GPEDC, relevant UN agencies, regional-level development effectiveness facilities, TT on CSO DE and EE.

Key Messages

Respect and uphold the stakeholders commitments to provide an enabling environment for CSOs, including recognizing their independence, supporting their operations through enabling financing, and strengthening their capacities.

Reverse trends of shrinking and closing civic spaces, and assert the people’s fundamental freedoms of association, of expression, of the press, and political participation, and their rights to peaceful assembly, and information.

Uphold the rights of human rights defenders, social activists, and civil society actors, against the culture of impunity, and harassments perpetrated by both public and private actors.

Retract restrictive laws hindering the full operation of CSOs, review disabling conditions for CSO formation, registration and operations, including arbitrary policies, duplicating processes and requirements, especially for those working on human rights in critically sensitive environments.

Other Actors and Alliances/ Partnership Plan

Other CSO platforms working on enabling environment (global and regional); key actors including UN Special Rapporteurs.


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