CIVICUS STRATEGIC PLAN
CIVICUS’ Strategic Plan 2022-2027 strengthens CIVICUS contribution to defending and expanding civic and democratic space by more actively focussing on contemporary challenges and engaging more effectively with opportunities to strengthen and amplify civil society interventions and outcomes. This includes integrating an explicit focus across the strategy on working with and for groups affected by combined impacts of civic space restrictions and structural forms of discrimination.
CIVICUS overarching goal is to strengthen civil society and citizen action for expanded civic and democratic space. For this period, we will work centering on five core objectives.
We will continue to produce and disseminate timely information on threats to civic and democratic space and develop new tools to track civil society action and to make a stronger case for how civic actions challenge inequality and injustice. We will curate data and information on civic and democratic space in compelling ways, anticipate impending restrictions and enhance our focus on actionable recommendations.
We will strengthen our ability to coordinate and sustain targeted advocacy for civic and democratic space. We will catalyse civic action for greater advocacy impact across borders and at scale, influencing relevant decision-making processes and holding public and private institutions accountable.
We will find and validate meaningful ways to support activists and organisations through solidarity, improved support mechanisms, and better relationships with the various stakeholders in the resourcing ecosystem, and work to better understand how to support and sustain civil society offline and online. We will support effective civil society resourcing and infrastructure across locations.
We will work more purposefully to shape and influence public discourse on civic and democratic space. We will develop and amplify people-centred narratives of change, focusing on the significant contributions of activists, peaceful protests, and social movements, online and offline platforms.
We will actively forge alliances with groups that are most affected by civic and democratic space restrictions and structural forms of discrimination. We will strategically convene diverse groups and coalitions and support civil society to challenge unjust social norms and build greater public trust.
Theory of Change
The Theory of Change underpinning our Strategic Plan addresses our assumption that we are stronger when we work together. CIVICUS members and allies act together to design and test sustainable solutions and deliver impact at scale. They learn from each other, adopting relevant models so they become stronger and more effective in their own unique contexts, while also sharing what they learn beyond the alliance to strengthen civil society as a whole.