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Defending Civic Space Report

Distract, Divide, Detach: Using Transparency and Accountability to Justify Regulation of CSOs

The global clampdown on civic space has gotten worse in recent years. One aspect of this is governments invoking transparency demands of civil society organizations (CSOs) that further restrict their ability to exercise their voice and carry out their work. How do governments justify regulation of CSOs through transparency and accountability? In what ways do these government regulations affect CSOs in doing their work? How can the transparency community respond to the regulation and towards building resilient CSOs? Transparency & Accountability Initiative’s latest report by Hans Gutbrod explores these issues.

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