Civic space is the cornerstone of a healthy society that champions democratic principles and ideals, promoting and advancing human rights and fulfilling basic human needs. In recent years however, civic space has been shrinking at a rapid pace, with its restriction becoming the norm rather than the exception. PartnersGlobal, together with CIVICUS developed the Resiliency+ Framework in response, helping CSOs to identify and understand the various external threats and internal vulnerabilities that exist in their operating contexts, and the ways in which they interact with one another to impact their level of resiliency in the face of this new reality.
The five-year USAID-funded project INSPIRES leverages the Resiliency+ Framework to pilot interventions that strengthen civil society organizations’ ability to prevent and respond to closing civic space. Working together with a team of experienced coaches and facilitators from the Partners Network, PartnersGlobal is piloting the Framework in Eastern Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Latin America. INSPIRES is the culmination of an extensive co-creation process, and together with Internews, The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law, [email protected], and Results for Development, the project is increasing knowledge and capacity to respond to growing restrictions on democratic freedoms of association, assembly, and expression around the world.