Resources- Shrinking Space

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  • Digital First Aid Kit: A self-assessment guide for digital emergencies developed by Hivos, Digital Defenders Partnership, EFF, Global Voices, Front Line Defenders, Internews, Freedom House, Access, Qurium, CIRCL, IWPR and Open Technology Fund. The kit provides preliminary support for people facing the most common types of digital threats. It offers a set of self-diagnostic tools for human rights defenders, bloggers, activists and journalists facing attacks themselves, as well as providing guidelines for digital first responders to assist a person under threat.

  • Power & Protection: Defending Rights in Hostile Contexts: This resource is the product of a collaboration between JASS and the Fund for Global Human Rights. In 2017, they co-convened diverse activists, international human rights and protection organizations and donors from around the world in Mexico and in Johannesburg to discuss the crackdown on human rights defenders (HRDs), movements and civic space.

  • Rising to the Populist Challenge, A playbook for human rights actors: Dejusticia, a Bogota-based center for law, justice and society has published an innovative resource for civil society actors under threat. It collects and analyzes a repertoire of responses by human rights organizations to the growing crackdown against civil society in different countries around the world that are experiencing populist moments.

  • THE CHILLING REALITY: How the Lobbying Act is affecting charity & voluntary sector campaigning in the UK’. This research by the Sheila McKenchnie Foundation which found that the Lobbying Act has concretely affected charities and voluntary organisations in the following ways.

  • What is closing space grantmaking?’ This guide by the Funders Initiative for Civil Society (FICS) explains how grant-making strategy can bring more success in dealing with the closing space trend. Please note that FICS does not provide funding and does not accept proposals from grantseekers.

  • The State of Artistic Freedom 2018’. In a first-of-its-kind report assessing the global state of artistic freedom, Freemuse warns of the emergence of a new global culture of silencing others, where artistic expression is being shut down in every corner of the globe, including in the traditionally democratic West.

  • On “shrinking space”, a framing paper. This paper attempts to deconstruct the ‘shrinking space’ narrative by explaining what it means and unpacks some of the problems inherent in the concept. It also considers who is most affected by ‘shrinking space’, and why; where the trend is headed; how it relates to the other dominant paradigms of the 21st century; and how progressive social movements may respond.