Civil Society Strengthening
Civil society and media are critical to ending extreme poverty and promoting resilient, democratic societies that are prosperous, and secure.
Since 1994, IREX has strengthened civil society to elevate citizen voice, foster accountability and promote good governance throughout Eurasia, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America. IREX’s approach to strengthening civil society embraces the following principles:
• Innovation – IREX uses flexible and forward-thinking approaches that respond to the needs of civil society partners.
• Inclusion – IREX employs a gender lens in all programming while prioritizing the inclusion of youth, persons with disabilities, minorities and other marginalized groups.
• Local Solutions – IREX recognizes the talent and capacity of civil society actors, whether at the national or grassroots level, and works with them to capitalize on their strengths in order to create real social change.
News & Impact
A training manual from the Liberia CSML Program that provides skills for mentoring civil society organizations in capacity building.
The BOTA Foundation was a unique development response to “right the wrongs” of corruption. Over five years, the governments of Kazakhstan, Switzerland, and the United States, along with the World Bank, IREX, and Save the Children collaborated to return $115 million of disputed assets to the people of Kazakhstan.
Since the Syrian revolution erupted in 2011, reports have emerged which indicate that the Syrian regime and some opposition groups have used sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) as a tool of war. The Syria Justice and Accountability Centre (SJAC) seeks to comprehensively document international law violations committed by all parties to the conflict, but concrete information about SGBV has remained scarce. This Policy outlines SJAC’s commitments to focusing on gender and SGBV in its policies, methodology, and documentation practices.