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Promoting a diverse, dynamic and free civil society
Onsdag 12 Januar 2022, 09:00 - 12:00

Join us at this workshop where we will set objectives for promoting a diverse, dynamic and free civil society


The new Danish development cooperation strategy “The world we share” sends a strong signal by placing human rights and democratic values as the foundation of Danish development cooperation. The strategy acknowledges the importance of democracy and human rights as both goals in themselves and as “a means to creating a more safe, just, resilient and sustainable world.” However, while concrete objectives for what Denmark wants to achieve are outlined for the two pillars of the strategy, 1) We create hope and 2) Climate, nature and environment, this is not the case for democracy and human rights, constituting the foundation.


To ensure vision, ideas and ambition for the foundation, Global Focus invites member organisations and other actors in the development sector to take part in a process this winter to create concrete objectives for democracy and human rights. We will host four workshops to discuss and formulate objectives for how Denmark can work ambitiously with human rights and democracy throughout the full strategy period.


The objectives developed as a result of the four workshops will be launched at a public event in the beginning of 2022.


More information about each workshop will be shared ahead of the workshop with the participants.


The workshops are open to everyone. 



Promoting a diverse, dynamic and free civil society

Historically and globally, civil society actors have been in the front seat of social changes. A strong civil society is a key element of ensuring the accountability of institutions and actors in power and for transforming unjust structures.


This requires freedom for individuals to form associations, peacefully protest and express themselves. Freedom rights that to an increasing extent are being restricted. Globally, people who fight for human rights are being met with legal restrictions, physical attacks, hostile rhetoric and denied access to resources. Denmark has several times over recent years shown to be a global frontrunner for calling out states who impose civic space restrictions, as we have also seen during the COVID-19 pandemic, and for offering support to human rights defenders under attack, as we have seen with the Claim Your Space mechanism.


But these attacks on freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly is a continuous struggle, and we need to continue to set the bar high for these fundamental rights to be guaranteed. As these restrictions to civic engagement are constantly being renewed, strategies to counter these attacks also need to progressively suggest new ways of working that both reinforce best practices and invent proactive approaches.


Establishing new alliances and strengthening innovative ways of collaborating offer great opportunities. We see a rapidly emerging trend of wider and more diverse ways of organising in civil society. This constitutes a big potential for redefining and redesigning partnerships, making them fit for diverse types of civil society engagement.


In the third workshop, we will bring this matter into the conversation and strive to develop concrete objectives to promote a diverse, dynamic and free civil society – and we need your ideas and inputs.


Please contact Julie Arrildt at or Rebekka Blomqvist at for any questions.

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