Civil Society Pillar

The Community of Democracies recognizes the importance of civil society in the effective functioning of democracy and supports civil society in many of its initiatives.

At the heart of its inter-governmental work, the Community aims to facilitate close dialogue with civil society around the world, even in places where it faces challenges and restrictions.

The International Steering Committee (ISC) is the standing, elected executive board of the Civil Society Pillar. It is composed of 25 civil society organizations, including global, regional and national level organizations. The ISC represents the Civil Society Pillar between the Civil Society Assembly (CSA) meetings. Members of the ISC are elected for two-year terms by the Civil Society Assembly.

Current members of the ISC:


Act Change Transform (ACT!)


African Cent. for Democracy and Human Rights Studies


Article 19


Asia Democracy Network




Center for Citizens’ Alliance




Democracy, Transparency, Justice Foundation


East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project


El Rescate


European Institute for Democracy


Freedom House (ISC Co-chair)


Freedom Initiative


Initiatives for International Dialogue


Institute of Social Sciences


Network of Democrats in the Arab World


Nigeria Network of NGOs


Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) (ISC Co-chair)


Open Society Forum – Mongolia


Open Society Foundations (ISC Co-chair)


Organization for Civil Activities RedLad


Taiwan Foundation for Democracy (TFD)


Transparency International


Que Me: Action for Democracy in Vietnam