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
Asia Democracy Network
Center for Citizens’ Alliance
Democracy, Transparency, Justice Foundation
East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project
European Institute for Democracy
Freedom House (ISC Co-chair)
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)
Que Me: Action for Democracy in Vietnam