CIVICUS World Alliance for Citizen Participation is launching its next generation tool – CIVICUS Monitor: Tracing Civic Space on October 24th, 2016. Designed in reaction to the lack of reliable information on civic space on a global level, the tool is intentionally narrow and focused on an assessment of the three basic elements that provide the necessary space for civil society development – freedom of association, freedom of peaceful assembly and freedom of expression. The tool uses multiple data streams to map, track and analyze civic space trends around the world. Not only does the tool allow for global comparisons, but it also triangulates multiple and different sources of data on civic space, while prioritizing voices of local civil society groups and actors. More so, the tool captures trends in real time over civic space as it provides continual updates that are as near to real time as possible so as to convey an accurate picture of the dynamic changing conditions on the ground. BCSDN along with 20 other regional networks is responsible for providing updates for the countries in the Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia) and Turkey. Interested in learning more about the CIVICUS Monitor and/or contributing to it? Feel free to contact us at email@example.com.