In response to the pandemic, governments around the world have been enacting new policies to protect public health — including many that are necessary to slow the spread of the virus. But in a time when authoritarianism is also on the rise, some governments are exploiting the public health crisis to impose dangerous policies that could impact civil society long after the pandemic ends.
Read Southern Voice and OECD's piece on 'Why we need to build trust and guarantee civic space to deal with global challenges'.
The UN Development Programme’s Oslo Governance Centre (UNDP OGC) and Southern Voice, a network of think tanks in the Global South, have conducted a study on how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected governance systems worldwide. It was launched at the global conference, Power Politics and Peace, on 31 May 2022. Read the full report here.
This short commentary by the Fund for Global Human Rights outlines what we mean by 'civic space', how it works, and why it is so important.
Read this Human Rights Watch article on ensuring access to medical care, stopping child-parent separation, and permitting free speech in Shanghai, China.
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