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 26 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




Civil Society Development Foundation (FDSC)


Democracy, Transparency, Justice Foundation


East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project


European Institute for Democracy


Freedom House 


Freedom Initiative


Fundacion Multitudes


Human Rights House Foundation (HRHF)


Network of Democrats in the Arab World


Nigeria Network of NGOs


International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) 


Organization for Civil Activities 


Open Society Forum – Mongolia


Open Society Foundations (ISC Co-chair)




Taiwan Foundation for Democracy (TFD)


Transparency International


Que Me: Action for Democracy in Vietnam