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 will leverage the Resiliency+ Framework to pilot interventions that strengthen civil society organizations (CSO) ability to prevent and respondto closing civic space. Working together with Partners-Georgia, Partners Serbia, and Partners for Democratic Change Slovakia in Europe (and Partners West Africa-Nigeria and Partners West Africa-Senegal), PartnersGlobal will pilot the Framework in Eastern Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa, specifically in Georgia and Serbia. INSPIRES is the culmination of an extensive co-creation process, and together with Internews, The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law, DevLab@Duke, and Results for Development, the project will increase knowledge and capacity to respond to growing restrictions on democratic freedoms of association, assembly, and expression around the world.