Annual report 2020

2020 was a powerful reminder of why civil society is vital to our democracies and why supporting, preserving, and promoting civic space is critical. In many countries, CSOs have effectively and quickly managed to adapt their activities and address the emergency of the situation and respond to the immediate needs of the most vulnerable. The current Covid-19 crisis has persuaded popular social media platforms to start monitoring and removing misinformation on topics related to public health – an unprecedented move that comes with its pros and cons. Aware of misinformation and disinformation populating our digital lives, a lot of people turned to reliable independent media as a main source of information. As a result, independent media saw some growth in traffic and individual donations.

Despite all difficulties, our grantee partners remained committed to their work and mission to counter restrictive measures by exposing wrongdoings and engaging with decision-makers. They mobilised when needed, researched, and advocated for a healthier digital sphere with positive and encouraging outcomes that will be developed in this report.

Annual report 2019

The year 2019 was one to remember. It was the year in which the issues Civitates works on were as relevant as ever, with democracy remaining at stake in Europe. It was also the year in which we saw an increasing number of initiatives defend democracy in Europe, both offline and online. Throughout the year, Civitates’ grantee partners drove campaigns, brought in new ideas and toolsnetworked and strategised together. As a result, we are seeing greater connections, common thinking, trust, and personal bonds among civil society groups across Europe 

 In our 2019 annual report we reflect on Civitates’ journey throughout 2019: what we did, what we learned and what we perhaps could have done differently. You will read about how, within our line of work aimed at a strong and resilient civil society, our grantee partners have been consolidating the work of their cross-sectoral coalitions. You will also learn about the first cohort of grants within our line of work that pushes for a healthy digital public sphere. Moreover, it touches upon our new line of work, to support the field of independent public-interest journalism in Europe.