Rethinking civic space in an age of intersectional crises

The 2020s will be a decade of transition. How will these changes impact civic space?

Funders' Initiative for Civil Society

Authors Ben Hayes and Poonam Joshi summarise the key findings of the FICS 2019 strategic review, which sought to elaborate a strategic framework through which independent funders could respond more effectively to the phenomenon of closing civic space through collaborative and targeted interventions.

This paper incorporates preliminary thoughts on the Covid-19 crisis alongside more developed ‘futures thinking’ about climate and technological change. It makes the case that – as funders who invest in progressive causes and movements – we must find new ways to expand the space for civic participation.

This is the first of a series of recommendations FICS will publish for funders on how to disrupt and reform the drivers of closing civic space.

Publication date: May 2020