Reclaiming civic space

Increasing civil society’s resilience to attacks by building solidarity and incubating new forms of organization

Why Vuka?

Just four percent of people live in countries where space for civic activism - or civic space - is truly open

While civil society organizations and movements have effectively documented the global crackdown on civic freedoms, there is a pressing need to increase solidarity across diverse civil society sectors and harmonise strategies to reclaim civic space.

The Vuka! Coalition has emerged in response to the growing consensus that civil society needs greater coordination of efforts and to develop new forms of organising to fight back against the closing of civic space.

Our mission

Vuka! has come together to help secure crucial short and long terms victories to regain civic space and incubate new forms of resistance and organization.

How?

To fulfill its mission, Vuka! seeks to coordinate civil society responses to reclaim civic space and mobilize diverse civil society sectors through:
Effectiveness
01.

Increasing the effectiveness of citizen and civil society responses to the global crackdown on civic space through information sharing, coordination and joint action.

Resilience
02.

Increasing civil society’s resilience to attacks and threats by building solidarity across the sector.

Incubation
03.

Identifying, developing, and incubating creative approaches to human rights advocacy, new forms of resistance and organization.

Our
structure

The governing structure of the coalition consists of a 16-member Civil Society Steering Group which provides strategic guidance and oversight to Vuka! and 5 thematic actions teams:

Five Action Teams
01 Catalytic Initiatives
02 Rapid Response
03 Positive narrative and campaigns
04 Technology and Security
05 Research

CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation - an international alliance dedicated to strengthening citizen action and civil society throughout the world - currently serves as the Vuka! Secretariat.

Our
Allies

Vuka! consists of over 140 organisations and networks spanning a broad spectrum of civil society actors, including but not limited to, social movements, labour organisers, humanitarian groups, development organisations, environmental groups and human rights defender coalitions.

Join the movement!

If you are interested in joining forces to reclaim civic space, become a Vuka! Ally, please contact us directly using the information below.

Vuka! Secretariat contact information

Please send inquiries to: Tor Hodenfield: Vukasecretariat@civicus.org