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Rethinking Civic Space In An Age of Intersectional Crises: A Briefing For Funders

by Ben Hayes; Poonam Joshi

May 1, 2020

Authors Ben Hayes and Poonam Joshi summarise the key findings of the Funders' Initiative for Civil Society (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.