Vuka! Allies and Steering Group Members provide support to civil society groups facing threats, harassment and restrictions.

Greater coordination - Better collaboration

While civil society groups at all levels have played a pivotal role in cementing the global discourse that public freedoms are facing unprecedented challenges, there is a pressing need to coalesce around harmonized strategies and actions to regain civic space. The proposal to create Vuka! emerged from 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. Over the course of this 18-month process, through in-person multi-stakeholder consultations and in-depth interviews, over 200 leading national, regional and international civil society organizations and activists were consulted.


The Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) is an independent, non-profit NGO that provides support and protection to human rights defenders (HRDs) in order to promote human rights, including but not limited to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly.

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Tactical Tech

Tactical Tech is a non-profit organisation who has been responding to these shifts for the past 15 years by finding practical solutions for a global network of activists, technologists and engaged citizens. Tactical Tech hopes to raise awareness about privacy, provide tools for digital security, and mobilise people to turn information into action.

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Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA)

The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) works to promote and protect human rights, including the right to development, through collaboration and cooperation among human rights organisations and defenders in Asia and beyond.

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The CIVICUS Monitor is a cutting edge research tool built by civil society. We aim to share reliable, up-to-date data on the state of civil society freedoms in all countries. Our interactive world map allows you to access live updates from civil society around the world, track threats to civil society and learn about the ways in which our right to participate is being realised or challenged.

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