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CCS Webinar: The State of Civil Society: Findings from the 2021 CIVICUS Report

Facilitators: Andries Motau & Danford Chibvongodze
Speakers: Inés Pousadela and David Kode
Date: Wednesday 7 July 2021
Time: 16:00-17:00 SA Time
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Each year, CIVICUS publishes the State of Civil Society Report to analyse how contemporary events and trends are impacting on civil society and how civil society is responding to the major issues and problems of the day. This report is the 10th edition, focusing on civil society action and developments affecting civil society in 2020, looking back over 10 years of civil society activity and highlighting key ideas for action in civil society in 2021 and beyond.

The report is of, from and for civil society, drawing from numerous in-depth interviews and online consultations with civil society activists, leaders and experts, and others close to the major stories of the year. The 2021 report is also informed by CIVICUS’s ongoing programme of research, analysis and advocacy, and the work of our members, networks and partners, particularly the CIVICUS Monitor, our online platform that tracks civic space conditions in 196 countries. Against the backdrop of the pandemic, our report covers five key areas of civil society action during 2020:
The global struggle for racial justice

  • Challenging exclusion and claiming rights

  • Demands for economic and environmental justice

  • Democracy under the pandemic

  • Civil society in the international arena

Speaker Bios

Inés Pousadela is Senior Research Specialist with CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation. A political scientist by training, she has various publications on democratization, political representation, social mobilization, citizen participation and civil society accountability. She is part of the editorial team that produces the State of Civil Society Report and also teaches Comparative Politics and Global Civil Society at Universidad ORT in Montevideo, Uruguay.

David Kode is the Advocacy and Campaigns Lead for CIVICUS.  He has worked on civic space, elections, democracy and civil society in Africa for more than a decade.  He has published extensively on human rights, democracy, the rule of law and elections in Africa and currently works to strengthen civil society participation and civic space across the world.

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