Effective and efficient civil society organisations have been a hallmark of successful societies, whether it is in the form of farmer’s federations, arts clubs or other non-governmental organisations. However, in many societies, they are seen as a threat. Over the span of two years, 64 laws, regulations and other initiatives that put restrictions on civil society were adopted and put into force. The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) therefore seeks to encourage positive developments in civil society. It sees a robust, efficient civil society - increasingly funded by indigenous sources - as a key driver of the overall quality of life, both in developing and developed countries.