(Nigeria 2018 – Female activists in Ogoniland advocate for women’s involvement in resource governance. © Marieke Martens)
Cordaid and Hivos cooperate with civil society organizations in more than 35 low and middle-income countries. In 2019, meetings with civic actors were convened in ten countries to discuss the status of civic space. Those countries were selected based on requests from organisations in our network, on the availability of a diverse range of civic actors, and on the wish to include countries with very little to moderate civic space.
This publication summarizes the main barriers to fully utilizing civic space, and it brings together the recommendations and best practices that were discussed at the meetings. For the ten countries, there is a short paper available on the issues and the local context of civic space transformation. The papers will be used in each country to continue the development of a joint proactive strategy to strengthen civic space.