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Become an Ally

Vuka! Allies are diverse and span a wide range of issues, organisation types and sizes. As Allies, we transcend thematic, geographic and sectoral divides and find unity and solidarity in the Coalition’s common purpose: to increase our resilience to attacks on our rights as civil society and to reclaim civic space through better coordination and innovation.

Any entity which desires to become a Vuka! Ally must meet the following conditions:

Be a member, representative or staff of a legitimate foundation, civil society organisation, national CSO platform or network, or social movement.

Organise, support, speak up, champion or advocate for citizen participation and civil society in a country, region, or globally.

Abide by and promote the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Join a thematic Action Team

Vuka! is comprised of 6 Action Teams where coordination and harmonisation of civil society action is leveraged to augment the global movement to defend civic space. The following 6 Action Teams, each composed of 2 co-chairs and several Allies were identified and determined by Vuka! Allies: 1) Counter Narratives, content and public engagement campaigns; 2) Rapid response mechanisms; 3) Catalytic Initiatives; 4) Technology needs - coalition online platform; tech tools; digital security; 5) Research; and 6) Strategic Civic Space Litigation. The Action Team Co-chairs (2 per group), together with the wider Vuka! Allies, are responsible for identifying and developing the key actions and activities to advance the coalition’s work.

All Vuka! Allies are encouraged to join one or more action teams. Organisations can suggest multiple representatives/staff members to join Actions Teams based on relevant expertise.After selecting an Action Team(s), group will be automatically included in the selected Action Team(s) communications and the Secretariat will provide a brief introduction about upcoming opportunities and actions. Upon joining an Action Team, Allies will be able to sculpt and define the Action Teams work and help decide where available resources should be allocated to advance the Teams Work. Expectations include joining quarterly calls and provide technical expertise.

Support and request solidarity

Vuka! Allies can request solidarity and support from the coalition via email or by using the tools available on the Better coordination platform. Upon approval for the relevant Action Team, Vuka! will seek to leverage its membership to support the dissemination of public campaigns and help identify Allies in the coalition who can provide targeted campaigning, research, tech and or legal support.

Share information and resources securely with other members of the coalition: Allies provide a crucial resource base from which Vuka! sources its expertise and capacity to deliver the Vuka! priorities. The Vuka! Better Coordination Platform and our secure email list allow Allies to share information and resources securely. If you would like to highlight your work with the network you can share information with the Vuka! Secretariat to be included in the weekly digest.

Access to emergency rooms

Emergency rooms provide a new tool for Vuka! Allies to coordinate targeted lists of stakeholders to engage when responding to rapidly emerging threats to civic space, including judicial persecution of human rights defenders and other emergencies. The emergency rooms enable civil society to generate and access databases of key stakeholders to respond to acute and emerging civic space issues. Here you can find a brief video explaining this functionality.

Access to incident rooms: The collaborative document platform provides a secure and user-friendly space for civil society groups to build campaigns and strategies to jointly respond to requests for solidarity and collaborative civil society efforts. The real-time chat function allows civil society to easily and securely dialogue around pressing civic space issues and share information and insights about timely responses. In addition, the Vuka Coalition has developed emergency rooms to enable civil society to generate and access databases of key stakeholders to respond to acute and emerging civic space issues.