A social scientist argues that in the absence of strong government action, people took it upon themselves to work out conduct to stem the spread of virus.
Indonesia's Legal Aid Institute (LBH) has become an icon of Indonesian civil society and a staunch defender of the public interest.
There is a growing lament in Australia that politicians let us down. But the lesson from the pandemic is that we, the people, have the power to change our economy and politics for a better future.
India's civil society, which for the past 30 years has been critical of India's water policies, now has the opportunity to drive the policy recommendations for water management.
Politicians and law enforcement engage in uncivil behaviour that undermines democratic society. Civility is a pre-requisite for empathy, and is essential for difficult conversations.
Civil society activists responding to the COVID-19 social crisis face important challenges and tensions. They should tackle these choices head-on as they develop longer-term plans.
Omar al-Bashir may be gone but Sudan still has a way to go before it enjoys a functioning democracy.
The creation of links with twin towns can challenge governments and show solidarity.
Deeply divisive issues like Brexit are seeping into the way people interact with one another, undermining trust and tolerance of others.
By placing less emphasis on public opinion, and questioning public morality as the basis of its decision, the latest High Court decision shows that times have indeed changed.
India has become a difficult place for NGOs to operate.
Legislators in a growing number of democracies are clamping down on civil society. In the United States, it's happening at the state level.
The revolution begun by Syrians exactly eight years ago has been won – by the murderous leader they rebelled against. But the struggle for freedom, dignity and justice Syrians launched is not over.
The African Peer Review Mechanism got off to a good start, but enthusiasm soon waned.
Cuba will not legalize same-sex marriage, as gay activists hoped. But its new constitution adds greater protections for LGBTQ people and for women, and gives Cubans the right to own private property.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has transformed from a liberal into an authoritarian leader who uses the tools of democracy to attack civil society. Hungarians are protesting in the streets.
Civil society groups continue to fight against the creeping demands of the UK's immigration system.
Our social institutions and politics suffer from a collective arrested development – and our relationship to technology has only exacerbated this trend.
Both the media and civil society need to rethink the way they understand their roles when it comes to social accountability.
Australians have reason to be apprehensive that some civil voices are not being heard in our liberal democracy.