Non-governmental organizations


Defending defenders? An assessment of EU action on human rights defenders

This report focuses on EU and member state action for human rights defenders (HRDs) in line with their human rights commitments, above all, the European Union Guidelines on Human Rights Defenders. It is based on research by Amnesty International focusing on implementation of the Guidelines...

Unfair game: persecution of human rights defenders in Russia intensifies

Human rights defenders in Russia have always faced harassment, intimidation, physical attacks and arbitrary arrests for their work. However, in recent years, the level and extent of the reprisals they face has increased significantly. This publication provides a snapshot of the current dire situation through...

Anticipatory crisis financing and action: concepts, initiatives and evidence

This paper outlines the current state of anticipatory action and discusses some of the existing evidence on its impact. It is not intended to provide a comprehensive literature review or a meta-analysis of the impacts of early warning or early action initiatives. It presents some...
Case study

Linking participation and economic advancement: Buen Vivir Fund case study

The Buen Vivir Fund is based on the concept of buen vivir, or ‘right living’, which originates from Indigenous peoples in Latin America; the term denotes a way of living that is in balance with the natural world, community, and generations past, present, and future.

How could sustainability transition theories support practice-based strategic planning?

Theories of sustainability transitions aim to explain the processes, pathways and actors that are involved in transformations in technologies and practices. Whilst there is a growing body of research developing theoretical understandings, there has been less documented on how theories are utilised and applied by...

Researching the researchers: policy research in non-government organisations in the human services sector

'Researching the researchers' reports on a study of policy research activities in the non-government human services sector. Undertaken in 2010, the study identified over 50 human service NGOs across Australia that had policy research units or policy research positions.

Risk-informed development: from crisis to resilience

This report argues that risk informed decision-making needs to be integrated into all levels of planning and delivery, from the development of NGO programming to government plans and the policies of international donor agencies, in order reduce multiple risks and avoid risk creation in development.

Freedoms under threat: the spread of anti-NGO measures in Africa

This report describes and analyses the approaches that African governments are taking to impose restrictions that handicap NGO activity on the continent.

The Australia we want: second report

The Community Council for Australia has been framing new policy platforms for the future of the Australian charities and not-for-profit sector over a period of years. The findings in this report describe progress against key indicators developed to reflect the core values of the Australia...

Outcomes measurement in the Australian community sector: a national report card

This report presents a unique analysis of outcomes measurement across the entire Australian community sector, using results from the Outcomes Measurement in the Community Sector Survey.