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Defending Civic Space Report

Trends in Closing Space Grant-making

Over the past several years, activists, civil society organisations and funders have been on the front-line of a growing number of attacks, facing threats, intimidation and more. FICS – the Funders’ Initiative for Civil Society – was founded in 2016 to create a more strategic response by private philanthropy to what has been labelled ‘closing civil society space.’

This paper brings together desk research and in-depth interviews to take stock of our sector’s response to this closing space. We look at how funders are supporting civil society to thrive in spite of attacks, what the barriers are to more concrete action, and how, as a sector, we can help to sow the seeds for a more enabling environment for civil society.

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