Development Needs Civil Society– The Implications of Civic Space for the Sustainable Development Goals
ACT Alliance and IDS : 2019
This report analyses the implications for development of the recent wave of closures of civic space that has primarily affected human rights-based and liberal democratic organizations - non-governmental organizations (NGOs), civil society organizations (CSOs) and the media - in countries around the world. The study concluded that tighter civic space has different implications for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in different settings, depending on how states use the power they gain from restricting civil society. Despite systematic differences in how this plays out in different political systems, shrinking civic space is overall highly likely to halt or reverse progress towards reducing inequality, insuring inclusion and improving sustainability.
Source: ACT Alliance and IDS