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If you are working on democracy, human rights, equality, social justice or land rights and climate, you know that the crackdown on civic space and freedoms under the guise of security is impacting your work.

This moment and this challenge demand a bolder, more ambitious response from the funding community.

While we continue to channel critical support to activists who are being harassed and persecuted, we need more collaboration between funders willing to take risks and test new approaches. We have to do upstream work and not just rush in when activists are already being threatened and arrested.

Presidente Figueiredo, Amazonas, Brazil The Kinjas perform a dance of protection around an area that symbolises their territory, in Mynawa village, on the Waimiri-Atroari Indigenous Land.

Credit: Lalo de Almeida/Folhapress/Panos. Presidente Figueiredo, Amazonas, Brazil.

Let’s work together

Civic Futures is commissioning research, monitoring trends and supporting the development of new resistance and transformation strategies to protect and expand civic space.

We are actively seeking new partners from across sectors and geographies, to build a strategic, global response to counter the overreach and harms caused by the misuse of counter-terrorism policies.

We always welcome new people, from every part of philanthropy and civil society, to contact us to set up an exploratory call.


Source: Shutterstock, Ibrahim14, Malang City, East Java, Indonesia. The Papuan protesters at interview. July 2020.

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