Our Work

We work with CSO leaders, activists and frontrunners from other sectors in three roles to build and develop a thriving civil society sector that improves people’s lives worldwide


We hold workshops and conferences where civil society practitioners can connect, collaborate and co-create, challenging conventional thinking and bringing the best and freshest ideas to the fore.

Vision Works

25 – 27 April 2023

Global CEOs and chairs of leading ICSOs collaborate over key strategic issues for their organisations and the sector.

Global Perspectives

9 Nov 2023

Leaders and innovators from civil society organisations, partners and stakeholders gather annually to explore civil society trends and challenges.

Leading Together

13 – 15 June 2023

Policy, programme and human resources directors discuss best practices and opportunities for joint action.

Futures & Innovation

We seek out the latest innovations and analyse how they can help ICSOs achieve greater impact; while scanning for future developments that could determine civil society’s relevance.

Innovation Report - 2022

Our 2021/22 Innovation Report will be a timely look at how far our sector has come in advancing people-centred and nature-positive digitalisation.

Innovation Report - 2020

Our 2020 Innovation Report highlights innovations in complex urban contexts to deliver inclusive solutions for marginalised communities in cities.

Innovation Report - 2019

Our 2019 Innovation Report report highlights innovative civil society responses in the face of rising populism.

Scanning the Horizon

13 – 15 June 2023

Civil society analysts exchange strategies on this platform to detect and confront disruption.

Anticipating Futures

A three-year initiative to strengthen anticipatory capacities and future readiness of civic space-focused civil society professionals.

Digital Dialogues

From unpacking the role of digital innovations in facilitating inclusivity to questioning how ICSOs could avoid takeover of grassroots innovations.

Digital Debates Archive

Our exciting series of online debates explore civil society perspectives on the emerging digital world.


Building on our events and connections, we develop projects and partnerships
that tackle common problems and bring impact that no organisation could achieve alone.

Leave No One Behind Partnership - Making Voices Heard and Count

Twelve leading ICSOs collaborate in line with the Sustainable Development Goals to amplify marginalised voices worldwide.

Accelerating Inclusive Power Shift

28 – 30 March 2023

Supporting ICSOs and the wider sector with tools, best practice, and discussion space to become more inclusive and power-balanced.

International Civic Forum

Annual civic space platform to network, build trust, and identify opportunities for collaboration.

Solidarity Action Network (SANE)

Collecting, sharing and developing strategies for and by civil society actors facing undue threats and restrictions.

Global Standard for CSO Accountability

Nine global initiatives in this multi-year project are developing and implementing a new framework for civil society accountability.

We are committed to ensuring that everyone can enjoy our events safely and without discrimination. Please find our safeguarding policy and complaints mechanism information.