Tools & Methodologies

How we monitor the state of civic freedoms and organise action against restrictions

Vuka Civic Space Research Methodology

The primary objective of this initiative is to support the application and adaptation of the CIVICUS Monitor’s methodology to empower civil society actors to collect data, create dialogues and take collective action on issues to address restrictions on civic space. The secondary objective is to collect data on the perpetrators of attacks, including non-state actors (including businesses), to be able to use this data for discreet legal and advocacy initiatives. This data and research will be used to monitor civic space at the national level, including against relevant international standards relating to freedom of association, assembly and expression, including the targets and indicators of the Sustainable Development Goals, and develop a system of dissemination which reflects the particular needs of local audiences. In doing so, Vuka! Allies will seek to deploy tested approaches to systematising civic space documentation and dissemination at the national level - which may have broad applications for civil society operating in similar national contexts.

Vuka! Emergency rooms and Incident rooms

The Vuka better coordination platform has been conceived as a secure place for allies to connect and share information. The platform provides allies with two types of rooms.

Incident rooms: Incident rooms provide a means for collaboratively producing documents and responses, chatting, coordinating actions among Vuka! allies.

Emergency rooms: Vuka coalition has identified the the need for greater coordination, sharing of resources and contacts, and engagement with diplomats, UN staff, MFAs, and governments in situations of restrictions to civic space. Collectively, the Vuka! Allies are likely to have these contacts and relationships for most countries in the world. The Vuka RR team has developed a protocol and platform to support direct and targeted engagement with key stakeholders on cases of attacks to HRDs, activists and their organizations.