The Global Civil Society Programme at the London School of Economics (LSE) is a research programme that focuses explicitly and with a policy-oriented outlook on the systematic investigation of global civil society. Established in 2001, it is based at the Civil Society & Human Security Research Unit in the Department for International Development.

Knowledgebase is an online, searchable database of the Global Civil Society Programme’s research expertise, including the content of nearly a decade of Global Civil Society Yearbooks, allowing academics, civil society practitioners, policymakers and journalists across the globe to quickly access a wealth of information on an increasingly influential source of power and influence in today’s interconnected world.

The Knowledgebase is also an online record of the Global Civil Society Programme’s work: both an ongoing conceptual debate on the nature of understanding and defining globalisation ‘from below’ – and the attempt to give substance to this conceptual work through the empirical mapping of existing global civil society. This empirical component includes numerous original case studies, a comprehensive set of quantitative data on the state and political impact of global civil society, and a chronology of global civil society events based on a network of correspondents in different parts of the world. It aims to generate its own data through user feedback: please do spread our content, add us to your social networks, and suggest themes, issues and case studies not yet covered.} else {