Government responses to the coronavirus are disrupting civil society around the world. But the pandemic is also catalyzing new forms of civic activism. Members of Carnegie’s Civic Research Network share their insights.
Government responses to the new coronavirus are disrupting civil society all over the world, but there’s another side to the story: while government measures are dramatically restricting civic space, the global crisis is also catalyzing new forms of civic activism.
The coronavirus is catalyzing new forms of civic activism. International supporters of civil society should step up their efforts to bolster these local responses.
As Brazilian politicians argue over how to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, civil society organizations from the country’s slums have come together to educate and advocate for their communities. But they cannot do it alone.
The EU’s assistance for civil society partners in Turkey, the Western Balkans, and Eastern Europe needs to evolve in response to the more challenging environments activists in these countries now face.
The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace co-hosted a two-day workshop of its Civic Research Network in Taipei.
Mass protests garner significant attention, but what happens next is just as vital for achieving real and lasting change.
As space for civil society continues to close, the international community must redouble its efforts to defend the right of civic activists to hold governments around the world accountable.
Carnegie’s Civic Research Network has released a new study examining what happens after protests around the world. Based on ten country cases, the publication analyzes activists’ preferred pathways beyond protest, their strategies and tactics, and how the international community can support long-lasting reform.
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