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Data & Privacy Policy SANE’s Data & Privacy Policy: General information on data processing This website is produced by the International Civil Society Centre gGmbH (“the Centre”) and is served…

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CyberPeace Builders

A network of corporate volunteers providing free pre- and post-assistance on cybersecurity incidents.

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2021

Power over rights: Understanding and countering the transnational anti-gender movement

by Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy

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Countering Backlash

provides knowledge on gender justice and methods to promote gender justice and equality

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2023

Reframing Migration Narratives Toolkit

by International Centre for Policy Advocacy

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2020

Stories of Change: Working with the Moveable Middle

by Social Change Initiative

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2021

Countering Disinformation

by CEPPS; USAID

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2015

‘Hate Speech’ Explained – A Toolkit

by Article 19

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2020

Campaign Toolkit – Countering cyberhate against Roma

by Minority Rights Group Europe

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2023

Civic Space in West Africa: Trends, Threats and Futures

by Spaces for Change

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CIVICUS Monitor

A research initiative to track the civic space situation around the world

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2020

The Resilient Organization – A Guide to Nonprofit Disaster Preparedness

by TechSoup

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2022

How to message on human rights: A communications guide for organisations promoting human rights

by Civil Liberties Union for Europe / Israel Butler

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2023

How to Message on The Rights of People From Marginalized Groups: A Communications Guide for Organisations Promoting Human Rights

by Civil Liberties Union for Europe / Israel Butler

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2023

Supporting Civil Society in Acute Crises

by Global Public Policy Institute / Jakob Hensing, Melissa Li, Julia Friedrich, Philipp Rotmann

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CyberSTAR

A project protecting civil society and independent media organisations in the Eurasian region from cybersecurity breaches and routine data loss.

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2017

Guide to Reporting Civic Space: Media Toolkit

by CIVICUS

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Strengthening cybersecurity key findings

Key findings Digital infrastructure is core to the work of every civil society organisation – from staff email and internal communication platforms to storing and sharing documents, to the data…

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Resource submitted Thank you for submitting your resource. The team will review it and you will be notified via email in due course. The hub hosts a collection of civic…

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Terms and Conditions

Terms and Conditions Terms and Conditions: General information on data processing This website is produced and served by the International Civil Society Centre gGmbH (“the Centre”). This Privacy Policy explains…

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Key activities

Key activities SANE has many activities that have been developed throughout the years. This area presents the network’s main and public-facing activities to make relevant materials we produce and lessons…

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Sharing resilience & solidarity mechanisms

Sharing resilience & solidarity mechanisms We collected case studies and best practices in the so-called Solidarity Playbook to help (international) civil society organisations – (I)CSOs – respond to undue scrutiny…

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Strengthening cybersecurity old

Strengthening cybersecurity With increased digitalisation, (international) civil society organisations – (I)CSOs – have faced an increase in digital threats and cyberattacks carried out by malicious actors interested in financial gains…

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Anticipating futures for civil society operating space

Anticipating futures for civil society operating space A three-year initiative (2022 – 2025) focuses on strengthening anticipatory capacities and future readiness of civil society professionals who are working to defend…

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Retrieving access to a hacked IT server

The global non-profit organisation was attacked by a hacker group to extort a ransom. The team mobilised internal experts and additional help through the organisation’s cyber insurance provider to negotiate with the attackers, counter the threat, and restore the organisation’s data.

Experts

Experts The expert organisations and programmes are there to provide hands-on support to civil society actors and organisations on civic space related issues. The expert organisations give advice on a…

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Resisting six weeks of sustained phishing attacks

Transparency International experienced a sustained and sophisticated phishing attack, which was detected through a sharp increase in failed attempts to log in to organisational email accounts. Over a six-week period, the IT team at the Secretariat responded to this persistent effort to breach the organisation’s systems.

Regaining access to a social media account

The Union for International Cancer Control faced a social media phishing attack, which resulted in the hijacking of the World Cancer Day Instagram account. Although the team had received phishing emails in the past, the sophisticated nature of this attack made it difficult to recognise as a phishing attack.

Deflecting a sophisticated brute-force and phishing attack

The organisation working in the humanitarian sector was targeted by a brute-force attack through their webmail, followed by targeted phishing emails. With support from an external cybersecurity company and in cooperation with the organisation’s management and staff, the IT team managed to avert this intense attack.

Strengthening cybersecurity

Strengthening cybersecurity With increased digitalisation, (international) civil society organisations – (I)CSOs – have faced an increase in digital threats and cyberattacks carried out by malicious actors interested in financial gains…

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2021

How Anti-Feminist and Anti-Gender Ideologies Contribute to Violent Extremism – And What We Can Do About It

by Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy

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2017

Civil Society Support Mechanisms: A Directory

by CIVICUS

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Resources

Resource hub The hub hosts a collection of civic space resources and experts contacts. It consists of strategies, tools and guidelines to respond to threats and clampdowns faced by international…

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2021

Unintended Consequences of the FATF Standards

by Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering (FATF)

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January 2024

Take control of your own internet safety

by Digital Self-Defense Center

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2018

At the Intersection of Security and Regulation: Understanding the Drivers of ‘De-Risking’ and the Impact on Civil Society Organizations

by Human Security Collective; ECNL

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2023

The Future of FATF Recommendation 8: A Foresight Piece

by Human Security Collective

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2023

Organisational Resilience Capacity of LGBTI+ Organisations: Our Strengths and Needs

by The Rainbow Against Discrimination Association

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Moving from scenarios to building concrete readiness

Phase 3: January 2024 – June 2025 Moving from scenarios to building concrete readiness Phase 3 aims at operationalising future scenarios for civic and civil society operating space, translating them…

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European Network Against Racism

works to put an end to structural racism and discrimination across Europe

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January 2023

Dealing with the anti-rights movement: Opposition in international spaces

by Rutgers

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2023

Facing the backlash: what is fuelling anti-feminist and anti-democratic forces?

by ALIGN

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2018

Counterterrorism Measures and Civil Society

by Center for Strategic and International Studies

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2023

Global Study on the Impact of Counter-Terrorism on Civil Society & Civic Space

by United Nations Human Rights Special Procedures

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2023

How Can CSOs Best Interpret and Use the Latest Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Changes for Their Advocacy?

by European Center for Not-for-Profit Law

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2022

Misinformation and Disinformation – An international effort using behavioural science to tackle the spread of misinformation

by OECD

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2018

Tackling misinformation in an open society

by Full Fact

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2023

DDoS Attacks

by CyberPeace Institute

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29 September 2023
Report

A history of civic space, 2024–2034: Outcomes of a ParEvo scenario writing collaboration

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2023

Shielding Democracy: Civil Society Adaptations to Kremlin Disinformation about Ukraine

by International Forum for Democratic Studies / Adam Fivenson, Galyna Petrenko, Veronika Víchová, Andrej Poleščuk

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TechSoup

remote support for Nonprofit organisation's urgent tech issues

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2022

Resilience Against Disinformation: A New Baltic Way to Follow?

by International Centre for Defence and Security / Teperik, Dmitri; Denisa-Liepniece, Solvita; Bankauskaitė, Dalia; Kullamaa, Kaare

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2022

Resilience to Disinformation

by Civic Resilience Initiative, Kościuszko Institute, Detector Media

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Preparing the ground and kicking off the initiative

Phase 1: June – December 2022 Preparing the ground and kicking off the initiative To prepare the ground, a landscape mapping was conducted to better understand crises and trends impacting…

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Developing and engaging on future scenarios

Phase 2: January – December 2023 Developing and engaging on future scenarios A collaborative scenario writing exercise “A history of civic space, 2024-2034” was conducted in the first half of…

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January 2020

Civic Freedom Monitor

by The International Centre for Not-for-Profit Law

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Better Coordination Tool

a central coordination platform for civil society responses to emerging civic space situations

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January 2023

Global Participation Intensive

by Doing Things with Stories

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29 September 2023
Report

Anticipating civic space futures: From landscape mapping to scenario building

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2020

Pt. 1: Narrative Power and Collective Action: Conversations with people working to change narratives for social good

by Oxfam Policy & Practice

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2020

Pt. 2: Narrative Power and Collective Action: Conversations with people working to change narratives for social good

by Oxfam Policy & Practice

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Access Now

direct help to improve digital security practices and emergency assistance

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HiveMind Community

offers a learning space for digital activists

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2022

Cybersecurity Handbook for Civil Society Organizations

by National Democratic Institute

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2021

The impacts of AML/CFT regulations on civic space and human rights

by Transparency International

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Regular digest

Regular digest Add a resource or expert Resources Experts Regular digest Back to Resource hub…

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2019

Closing Civic and Political Spaces: Exploring opportunities for CSOs in the MENA region to advocate for claiming spaces

by Innovation for Change – The Middle East and North Africa

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Home

Welcome to the Solidarity Action Network (SANE) SANE aims to strengthen resilience of and solidarity among civil society actors when faced with civic space restrictions or changing operating conditions. SANE…

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ICSO mechanism

Plan International: Strengthening the resilience of youth-led organisations in Latin America through direct funding and mentorship

Plan International initiated a pilot project to direct-fund and mentor youth-led organisations in Latin America with core and flexible funding to enable them to adapt to risks as they arose.

4 April 2022
Report

Scoping Study on Operating Conditions of Civil Society in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

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7 October 2021
Blog

Solidarity and freedom of expression – How can we protect and harness online spaces?

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31 May 2021
Podcast

Negotiating solidarity: #SolidarityPlaybook case studies

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31 May 2021
Blog

What does ‘solidarity’ around civic space mean in the light of the Indian response to COVID-19?

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ICSO mechanism

Hivos: In solidarity with content creators: The role of art in the resistance against shrinking civic space

Hivos supported art and culture programs which questioned dominant power structures in society, created alternative narratives, and imagined new realities.

Coalition response

Human Rights Defenders Coalition: Tackling corruption to defend civic space in Malawi

After election fraud in Malawi, HRDC stepped in to unite activists and citizens, mobilising calls for greater accountability, and using litigation strategies to protect the freedom of assembly.

Levels and modes of solidarity

Levels and modes of solidarity The Solidarity Playbook has highlighted two dimensions of solidarity to consider to establish a common cause. The first dimension is identifying the levels of solidarity,…

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ICSO mechanism

VSO Ethiopia: Advocating for policy reform in Ethiopia

VSO Ethiopia played a key role in providing leadership and strategic guidance, and mobilising and amplifying collaborative actions for an enabling environment in Ethiopia.

Coalition response

Articulación Feminista de Nicaragua: The role of women’s movements in building solidarity against closing civic space in Nicaragua

Articulación brought the feminist agenda into the public debate, strengthened digital activism, protected activists, and deepened collaborations among civil society actors.

Coalition response

UnidOSC: How research, advocacy and capacity-building have been used to defend the space for civil society in Mexico

The UnidOSC is a coalition that has provided an identity for the collective effort to defend and champion civic space in Mexico and in the region.

Coalition response

Bond UK: An umbrella body’s response to closing civic space

Bond engaged in coalition activities on civic space issues, carrying out convening and coordination with its members, campaigning for CSO voice and doing advocacy work.

ICSO mechanism

Transparency International Cambodia: Balancing advocacy and service delivery when the space for civil society is restricted

TI Cambodia has adapted its approach to survive and operate in a severely restricted environment and balances advocacy with service delivery.

Coalition response

International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group (ICLMG): Working in coalition to push back against national security overreach in Canada

ICLMG developed strategies to advocate for greater accountability and transparency in Canada, and to resist the overreach of national security.

Coalition response

Civic Organisations. It Works: A coalition to boost the profile and presence of civil society organisations in Poland

Members of the It Works coalition reinvented their communications in order to improve public perceptions of civil society, and show the role and added value of the third sector in Poland.

Coalition response

#KeepItOn: Organising the global effort to end internet shutdowns

The #KeepItOn campaign and coalition, hosted by Access Now, unites and organises efforts to end internet shutdowns worldwide.

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9 May 2022
Guidance

Navigating cybersecurity: Guidance for (I)CSO professionals

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26 May 2020
Blog

Sharing lessons, in solidarity, more crucial than ever as COVID-19 makes acute situations for ICSOs worse

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Resource hub

Resource hub The hub collects resources on selected civic space topics. It consists of strategies, tools and guidelines to respond to threats and clampdowns faced by (I)CSOs as well as…

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News & Materials

News & Materials No results About our work Find out more about SANE Find out more Resource hub Find resources on selected civic space topics Find out more Contact us…

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Key findings

Solidarity Playbook key findings Discover emerging lessons on resilience and solidarity mechanisms to civic space restrictions, key challenges and recommendations from the Solidarity Playbook. What are the main learnings? Civil…

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Case studies

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Add a resource or expert

Add a resource or expert Through the form, you can add a resource or expert yourself. We are looking for hands-on resources, toolkits and materials that can help solving civic…

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12 May 2020
Podcast

Sharing is caring: #SolidarityPlaybook case studies

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ICSO mechanism

Helvetas: How to use selected human rights mechanisms for effective advocacy

Helvetas developed guidance for its country offices and local partners on how to advocate through the UN human rights system when national governments restrict civil society.

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Coalition response

Vuka!: Building an international coalition to coordinate and enable civil society’s response to closing space

This case study focuses on Vuka’s Country Coordination Calls to draw out learning on how ICSOs can support country-level responses to closing space.

ICSO mechanism

ActionAid and ActionAid Uganda: How to scenario-plan for attacks and the narrowing of civic space

ActionAid invested time and resources as a federation to research closing civic space, and developed ways to build resilience and resist external threats.

Coalition response

Spaces for Change: From informal networks and collaboration to the Action Group for Free Civic Space in Nigeria

Spaces for Change initiated a learning-and-sharing hub on closing civic space which led into a coalition to co-create a unified sector position and voice to defend civic space against security-induced restrictions.

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ICSO mechanism

Greenpeace International: Developing resilience to SLAPP suits through joint action

Greenpeace took a proactive response in relation to the threat and damage of Strategic Lawsuits against Public Participation (SLAPPs) in the US and beyond.

Coalition response

Civilisation: Coalition-building to fight back against government attacks on civil society in Hungary

Members of Civilisation share knowledge and skills to strengthen the civil society sector, and take actions against shrinking civic space in Hungary.

ICSO mechanism

Islamic Relief Worldwide: Building a Reputational Risk Management Strategy in the face of Islamophobia-motivated attacks

IRW adopted a proactive approach and invested in developing a new strategy to manage reputational risks which helped them to move beyond reactive fire-fighting.

2019

Civic Space Monitoring Tool: Understanding what is happening in civic space at a local and national level

by Oxfam

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2020

Advocacy in Restricted Spaces: A Toolkit for Civil Society Organisations

by Lifeline Fund for Embattled CSOs

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2020

Resiliency+ Framework: A Guide for Civil Society to Thrive in Uncertain Times

by Partners Global

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2022

Navigating cybersecurity: Guidance for (I)CSO professionals

by International Civil Society Centre; Cyber Peace Institute

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2021

Combating Information Manipulation: A Playbook for Elections and Beyond

by International Republican Institute; National Democratic Institute; Stanford Internet Observatory

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2021

RESIST 2: Counter-Disinformation Toolkit

by UK Government Communication Service; Dr. James Pamment

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2019

Managing Misinformation in a Humanitarian Context: Part III on how to guide

by Internews

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2021

Mapping Civil Society Responses to Disinformation: An International Forum Working Paper

by National Endowment for Democracy; International Forum fpr Democratic Studies; Samantha Bradshaw; Lisa-Maria Neudert

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2020

Developing a Civil Society Response to Online Manipulation

by Institute for Strategic Dialogue; Carl Miller; Chloe Colliver

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2020

Digital First Aid Toolkit

by Rapid Response Network; CiviCERT

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2021

Security Auditing Framework and Evaluation Template for Advocacy Groups (SAFETAG)

by SAFETAG

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2022

The Framework for Information Incidents

by Full Fact

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2018

Nonprofits Beware: You Can Get Hacked Too

by TechSoup

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2021

Informing the Disinfo Debate: A Policy Guide For Protecting Human Rights

by Access Now; Civil Liberties Union for Europe, EDRi

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2021

Data Minimization Report

by Access Now

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2020

CSO Meter – Assessing the civil society environment in Eastern Partnership Countries

by Simona Ognenovska, Luben Panov and Eszter Hartay; CSI; TIAC; Promo-LEX Association; UCIPR

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2020

Community Engagement Toolbox

by the 6 Regional Communication and Coordination Platforms, as part of the Global Fund’s Community, Right and Gender Strategic Initiative

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2014

Civil Society Organisational Capacity Tracking Tool

by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund

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2021

The Media Manipulation Casebook: How Civil Society Can Combat Misinformation and Hate Speech Without Making It Worse

by Technology and Social Change project; Dr. Joan Donovan

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2021

Early warning mechanisms: Tools and template

by Oxfam Policy & Practice

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2021

Disinformation Toolkit 2.0

by InterAction; Adam Fivenson

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2022

Reanimating Civil Society: A lifeline guide for narrative change

by Lifeline Fund for Embattled CSOs

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15 November 2022
Report

Anticipating Futures for Civil Society Operating Space

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2019

Disinformation Toolkit

by InterAction; Sarah Oh; Travis L. Adkins

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2022

The Butterfly Lab Narrative Design Toolkit

by Race Forward

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2019

Narratives x Civic Space Convening: Learning – Connecting – Strategizing

by Oxfam; Ford Foundation

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2019

A Guide to Hope-based Communications

by Open Global Rights

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2022

Narrative Strategy: The Basics

by Liz Manne Strategy

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2021

How to talk about civic space: A guide for progressive civil society facing smear campaigns

by Israel Butler

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2019

Against the Wave: Civil Society Responses to Anti-Right Groups

by CIVICUS

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2016

The Counter-Narrative Handbook

by Institute for Strategic Dialogue

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2017

Messaging This Moment: A Handbook for progressive communicators

by Center for Community Change

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2017

Framing Equality Toolkit

by ILGA-Europe; PIRC

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2019

Be the Narrative – How changing the narrative could revolutionize what it means to do human rights

by The Fund for Global Human Rights; JustLabs

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2021

Rights at Risk – Time for Action

by The Observatory on the Universality of Rights

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2016

The Devil is in the Details – At the Nexus of Development, Women’s Rights, and Religious Fundamentalism

by AWID

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2023

Deepening the response to authoritarian information operations in Latin America

by National Endowment for Democracy

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