The International Center for Non-Profit-Law (ICNL) issued the Survey of Trends Affecting Civic Space: 2015-16 in its quarterly review of NGO law trends around the world – Global Trends in NGO Law. The paper elaborates on several multilateral initiatives at regional and international levels that have had an impact on enabling environment for civil society and the positive trends showcasing the decisive influence of civil society when given the space to act. Amid its extraordinarily influential and essential role in responding to challenges, nevertheless, states recognizing civil societies’ unleashed potential resort to variety of tools to erode its influence. In fact, ICNL data reveal that since the beginning of 2015, states have adopted 64 restrictive laws, regulations, and other initiatives – 4 in the Western hemisphere; 5 in the Middle East-North Africa; 6 in East Asia and Pacific; 14 in Sub-Saharan Africa; 16 in Europe and Eurasia; and 18 in South and Central Asia and negative trends revolving around 5 common constraints utilized by states to narrow the space for civil society to operate. Read more on the trends affecting civil society in 2015 – 2016 here.