Mapping Civil Society

The New Global Citizen: Harnessing Youth Leadership to Reshape Civil Society used data collected from 425 civil society groups across the six target countries—Australia, Canada, France, Germany, United Kingdom and United States—to identify trends in the current strengths and gaps within civil society. You can get full list of the fields that we mapped, in this section of the report.

We prioritized mapping all major INGOs, we also sought out groups characterized by one or more of the following criteria: (1) focus on global sustainable development; (2) focus on youth development and engagement; (3) focus on social change issues correlating with the SDGs. We also mapped the 85 Emerging Catalysts to use as a comparison and grounding to the organizational data. 

HOW TO USE the map

You can interact with the data maps and inspect each of the elements. We intend for this to be a living map, so if you see an organization missing or incorrect data, add to the map by clicking the button below. Each map shows different segments of the data that all help tell the overall story of new global citizenship. Each dot represents one group—an NGO, INGO, platform, network, education or faith institution, media publication, etc.

To explore our data further you can:

  • Click on each dot to get individual data on each group mapped
  • Click on the + or - to zoom in or out of the map
  • Click on the dots at the center of clusters to see the classification of the clustered data

Focus: youth involvement and participation

We examined the ways that organizations relate to youth—either not at all, as assets, recipients, partners or leaders. More engagement as leaders means more autonomy to build leadership. We also looked at the 19 primary activities groups were using to engage youth as a second indicator for how youth are enabled to learn, grow and take ownership over their work. For more in-depth analysis, you can look at pages 21-29 of the report. 

Focus: the local-global divide

As participatory leadership reshapes civil society, a new type of global infrastructure has begun to emerge. Youth initiatives trend towards being translocal—connected to each other across various networks and platforms and supported by organizations across localities and national borders. However, key infrastructure is missing to connect domestic and global efforts. For example, in this map we can see that while Justice and Peace is the primary issue focus of 22% of organizations, there is very little infrastructure to connect local and national efforts to global networks. For more analysis, visit page 46 of the report.

Focus: Emerging Catalysts

Examining the Emerging Catalysts’ journeys to leadership exposes common trends and elements that contributed to their ability to distinguish their work and impact their communities. These eighty-five youth leaders exemplify the emergent trends in youth participation. Using their experiences as a guide, we can understand how to best invest in participatory leadership and citizenship.