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Over the past year, EFC has joined forces with the new Funders Initiative to Strengthen Civil Society to jointly examine how the trend of shrinking space for civil society effects development funders and actors, and how they are responding. Questions explored in this joint paper include: how are development actors and funders experiencing the space for civil society? What are funders doing to engage around re-opening space for civil society? How are they adapting? What are the impacts of the development community’s approach to civil society as a whole? This paper aims to provide better insight into these questions and to increase awareness of the threats to civil society and to discuss approaches that can enable a more effective response to reverse this worrying trend. The full paper is available for download here.

Source: European Foundation Centre

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