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[Cancelled / Aflyst] Rethinking Strategies for Enlarging Civil Society Space
Fredag 13 April 2018, 13:30 - 15:30

Rethinking Strategies for Enlarging Civic Space

It is now established that civil society space is closing in many parts of the world, including Europe. Although, the causes for the closing space may vary given contextual differences, the methods that are used by governments are strikingly similar: restrictive NGO legislation, stigmatisation and criminalisation of human rights defenders online and offline; death threats and killings etc.


Are the ways that donors and organisations respond to this trend adequate? Have the responses been consistent enough?  Are new strategies needed?  What is Denmark doing? 


Come to this dialogue and meet two of the leading international experts on this issue. During the event, there will be opportunities for participants to discuss the current trends of closing civic space, as well as join in on the conversation of how to move forward to enlarge civic space.


Maina Kiai is the former United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association. A lawyer trained at Nairobi and Harvard Universities, Mr. Kiai has spent the last twenty years campaigning for human rights and constitutional reform in Kenya, notably as founder and Executive Director of the unofficial Kenya Human Rights Commission, and then as Chairman of Kenya’s National Human Rights Commission (2003-2008).


David Moore is Vice-President of Legal Affairs with the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL).  Mr. Moore has conducted legal assessments of civil society laws and/or provided technical assistance on law reform projects in a diverse range of contexts. He has published extensively on issues of civil society law, and has served as a trainer on civil society legal issues for government officials, civil society representatives, and U.N. civil society staff.



  • What are the latest developments in civic space? Are there new trends that we need to be alert to? Who is affected? Are CSOs working on humanitarian, development, and human rights equally affected?
  • What sort of push-back strategies are needed by civil society organisations in North and South to counter this trend?
  • Should we aim to just manoeuvre within the closing space or challenge and defend more open space?
  • What should the EU and Denmark be doing more of and less of to counter this trend?


When and where?

Date: April 13, 2018: Early afternoon from 13.30-15.00

Participant fee: Free of charge

Registration: You register on this site.

Deadline for registration: April 11, 8:00, 2018. 

Language: English. 

Venue:  DanChurchAid, Nørregade 15, DK1165, Copenhagen

More information: Viktor Andreas Haraszuk (


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