Civil Society

Research & Reports

Governance Assessment Kenya: January 2013 – July 2016

This special Freedom House report focuses on political developments in Kenya beginning in 2013 – when the country held its first general elections under a new Constitution that was designed to improve protection of basic rights, constrain executive power, and devolve some powers to newly created country governments.

Citizens' Perception Toward Civil Society: Ethiopia

The environment for civil society in Ethiopia is among the most restrictive in the world. The ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) has overseen a continuous crackdown on opposition, independent media, and civil society. As the EPRDF marks 25 years in power, civil society groups struggle to maintain operations and keep their doors open.


Freedom House works in Eurasia to protect professional and citizen journalists, to bolster activist capacity, and to support LGBTI rights activists.


Freedom House tracks the decline in freedom of association, speaks out against restrictions on civil society, supports local initiatives to defend civil society’s space, and provides emergency assistance to activists. 

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