About this project
The shrinking space for citizens and CSOs to organise and hold power holders to account is a pressing trend reported for several years now. The Global Risks Report 2017 by the World Economic Forum mentions civic space at risk as one of the biggest social and political challenges to tackle. Not only governments can influence this. How can businesses play a significant role in respecting and even protecting the civic space in countries where they especially for the most marginalized groups?
What is the scope of their responsibility, and do they have to take responsibility if the state is not living up to its obligations?
And how can people within civil society organisations (CSOs) and people within the private sector start a dialogue to increase civic space? Stable communities with a vital civil society, are in the interest of CSOs, public sector and private sector alike, even if for differing reasons. We want to find out more about
cases that worked and what made them work. What factors attributed to succes?
This is why Oxfam Novib and The Spindle started an innovation lab on this issue. The overall goal is to assess how we want to engage/approach the private sector and what our ‘new narrative’ can be?