You still have time to answer our survey, Civic Perspective

We’ve extended the deadline of our survey Civic Perspective and we invite you to share your views on social organizations and inequalities in the region!

Civic Perspective is a periodic advocacy study developed by RACI that seeks to take the pulse of Civil Society. The previous Civic Perspective study was focused on understanding the situation of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) during the pandemic and can be found here

On this occasion, and with the support of the Regional Center of Innovation for Change, we seek to to document, analyze and make visible– from multiple angles- the role played by CSOs in the transformation of social reality,

Civic Perspective was launched last July, with an epistemological anchoring in the Polyphonies of the South, which understands the profound diversity of our region and seeks to highlight all the especially excluded voices of Civil Society. The survey is open to 34 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) and is available in four languages (Spanish, French, English and Portuguese).

The questions that concern and mobilize us in this case have been co-created with stakeholders in the region and are as follows: 

Do LAC organizations reproduce the same inequities present in our societies? What are the differences established between the various types of organizations in terms of access to financial, human and technical resources? What are the links between large organizations and grassroots organizations? 

Our working hypothesis is particularly relevant in light of the data provided by the recent report of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) on the COVID-19 pandemic in the region. The worrying results are evident in its very title: The recovery paradox in Latin America and the Caribbean Growth amid persisting structural problems: inequality, poverty and low investment and productivity.

Some of the objectives of our study are to: investigate the main obstacles experienced by the smallest organizations and to think of new forms of relationships amongst them. By doing so, we will be able to work in an articulated manner to tackle the urgent inequalities of the region’s Social Sector and broaden the spectrum of voices and dialogues that pursue solutions from and for the South. 

We would like to thank the following organizations and networks for their invaluable support in disseminating the survey so far: Innovation for Change Regional Center for Latin America, Innpacia, International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE), Comunidad de Organizaciones Solidarias (COS) and the Committee for the Democratization of Informatics (CDI) from Chile, Sinergia from Venezuela, Centro Mexicano para la Filantropía (CEMEFI), Alianza de Fundaciones Comunitarias de México (COMUNALIA), Red de Cooperación Internacional Mexicana (REDECIM) and Alternativas y Capacidades from Mexico, Grupo Faro from Ecuador and Alianza from the Dominican Republic.  

The survey will remain open until mid-September, so be sure to participate! Anyone who is part of a CSO – whether as paid staff or volunteer – can participate! It won’t take more than ten minutes!

I wish to complete the survey!

Last but not least, and taking into account the difficult situation of the most vulnerable communities in the region and social organizations, we will also hold a workshop exclusively for members and allies of our network, to think about the role that CSOs will play in the near future, in light of the present scenario. The event will take place on Friday, September 10th at 10 am.