Civil resistance movements—featuring actions such as strikes, boycotts, protests, civil disobedience, and other nonviolent tactics—are capturing the world’s attention as never before.
The International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC) supports research, develops resources, and shares knowledge about civil resistance with people all over the world. We focus on how nonviolent movements can struggle effectively and win rights, freedom, and justice.
What is Civil Resistance?
Civil resistance has been waged in hundreds of societies and cultures around the world.
For Activists & Organizers
ICNC provides practical and relevant information and educational opportunities about civil resistance to activists and organizers around the world.
Our view is that nonviolent struggle is a social science that can be studied and understood, and that practitioners can increase their chances of success by learning lessons from each other as well as from cutting edge academic scholarship on this topic.
ICNC offers a wealth of resources in many languages on topics related to civil resistance and movement organizing.
Grants & Funding
ICNC offers a wide range of funding and grant opportunities. Numerous Field Initiatives programs are ...
ICNC Translations Program
Translating civil resistance literature into diverse languages is one of the most powerful ways to spread knowledge and increase the effectiveness ...
For Scholars & Students
The discipline of civil resistance has developed enormously in recent years, driven by new quantitative and qualitative scholarly research, as well as by numerous nonviolent movements around the world.
ICNC runs a number of grant-supported academic and educational programs to meet the growing demand for cutting edge research, applied knowledge and practical skills in this field. Look at our research, writing, teaching and other educational offerings and review current calls for proposals or applications.
ICNC online courses
ICNC offers a wealth of opportunities for online learning about civil resistance. This includes fully moderated and participant-led online courses ...
Calls from ICNC Academic Initiatives
Throughout the year, ICNC is offering a number of academic opportunities, resources, and support that it makes available to scholars and ...
ICNC Press and Publications
New from ICNC Press: A book on the relationship between communications and nonviolent resistance captures a new understanding of the events that [...]
For the Policy Community
Civil resistance movements have a proven role in advancing human rights, democratic governance, and curtailing corruption. They are a critical factor in addressing root causes of human suffering and reducing deadly violence in the world.
It is incumbent for members of the policy community who care about these issues to understand how movements work; their historic record of making change; and when, how, and under what circumstances external actors can take actions that are helpful to movements.
People Power Movements and International Human Rights: Creating a Legal Framework
International human rights law did not come into existence top-down, out of the benevolent intentions of states, even though states [...]
Powering to Peace: Integrated Civil Resistance and Peacebuilding Strategies
This report explores the complementary ideas and practices that civil resistance and peacebuilding approaches present, each from different points ...
Nonviolent Conflict News
NVCNews.org provides a window into in-depth analysis of civil resistance movements, their dynamics, and the full range of nonviolent tactics [...]
Minds of the Movement Blog
Minds of the Movement is a blog for those interested in the ideas and experiences of people on the front line of civil resistance, and those who seek to understand the art and science of nonviolent struggle.
Building Self-reliance and Alternative Institutions: An Interview with Ramesh Sharma of Ekta Parishad
From humble beginnings three decades ago, Ekta Parishad (“unity forum” in Hindi), a pluralistic movement for defending rights of marginalized ...
Part Two: A Civil Resistance Trainer’s Story, and Takeaways for Educators
In my previous blog post, I shared with you my personal journey to becoming a civil resistance trainer and outlined a few takeaways about ...
A Civil Resistance Trainer’s Story, and Takeaways for Educators (Part 1)
While front-line activists in the streets engage in visible acts of bravery and resilience, civil resistance educators, trainers, and mentors ...