Maina Kiai, UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of assembly & association and Maria Leissner, Secretary General of the Community of Democracies, published recently: The clampdown on resourcing: comparing civil society and business as part of the CIVICUS State of Civil Society Report 2015. At first glance, the business and civil society sectors may seem strange bedfellows for comparison. The basis for this treatment seems to boil down to one dividing point: one exists to make a profit; the other is non-profit. But beyond their dissimilar profit motives, just how different are businesses and civil society? And how differently should governments treat them? The overall the trend in business investment seems to be toward liberalisation, with governments typically enabling more foreign investment in more sectors with fewer restrictions. The trend in civil society is the opposite: less foreign funding with more restrictions…You can read the full article here.