PRI works with penal reform activists, NGOs and governments, as well as inter-governmental organisations such as the United Nations. Working with civil society is central to our programme activities and we actively support the greater involvement of civil society in criminal justice reform. PRI has Consultative Status with the United Nations (ECOSOC) and the Council of Europe, and Observer Status with the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights. PRI is also a registered civil society organisation with the Organization of American States (OAS). Although PRI works in partnership with governments, it only seeks and accepts funds from governments to undertake work in accordance with its agreed programme. As an independent NGO, PRI does not accept any funds from governments which threaten its autonomy or require it to depart from its mandate or programme of work.