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 - Global Peers

26–28 April 2022

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

Global Perspectives

2–4 November 2022

Leaders and innovators from ICSOs, politics and business gather annually to explore civil society trends and challenges.

Leading Together

28–30 June 2022

Policy, programme and operations 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 - 2021/22

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

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

Digital Debates Archive - 2021

Our exciting series of online debates explored 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.

Power Shift and Governance Reform

Civil society organisations work towards greater global representation.

International Civic Forum

Civil society builds joint global initiatives with governmental, business, media and philanthropic sectors to defend civic rights.

Solidarity Action Network (SANE) - Solidarity Playbook

Collecting and sharing plays and strategies for and by civil society actors facing undue threats

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.