Funders’ Roundtable: Shrinking space for civil society & development: impact, responses and opportunities

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

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The roundtable will bring together a small group of funders to discuss how the shrinking space for civil society is impacting philanthropy’s work in developing countries and what foundations could do together to address this challenge. The roundtable aims to help bridge conversations and broaden engagement of philanthropic actors around this agenda. More specifically, we seek to contribute to:

  • Deepening understanding of the experiences and responses of funders who are faced with issues arising from the shrinking space for civil society in the contexts where they work
  • Creating a safe space for a diverse community of funders to learn, share and co-develop strategies to safeguard and advance an enabling environment for philanthropy and civil society organisations
  • Working together towards a shared narrative that sets out common concerns and goals, articulates comparative advantages of different types of funders and how these could work together towards achieving change on the ground – beyond geographic, sectoral or framing differences.

It is one of several roundtables the European Foundation Centre (EFC) and the Funders’ Initiative for Civil Society (FICS) will co-convene over the coming months with key actors from the philanthropic and development communities that are interested in engaging around the shrinking space for civil society agenda. The initiative is supported by the Open Society Foundations and the Fund for Global Human Rights.

By invitation only.


27 June 2017
11:00 - 16:00
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