Civil society in a world of crisis: An overview of the 2023 State of Civil Society Report

Mandeep S. Tiwana
Chief Programmes Officer and Representative to the UN headquarters

In the last year, civil society workers have been repressed in Belarus and Russia for opposing the war on Ukraine, physically attacked in Afghanistan for supporting the right to education for girls, and judicially persecuted in Italy for rescuing migrants from drowning at sea. These are just some concerning developments highlighted in the 12th CIVICUS State of Civil Society Report.

The findings hold particular relevance for the philanthropic community as oftentimes civil society groups especially those at the frontlines of resistance and transformative change face the dual challenges of disenabling environments and limited interest from funders due to the risks involved.

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