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Strengthen and safeguard civil society
in a digital world

INFORMATION ABOUT THE DIGITAL DEMOCRACY INITIATIVE AND THE OPEN CALL FOR APPLICATIONS TO THE ADVISORY BOARD IS AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD (PDF):

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Around the globe and against the backdrop of a rapidly digitising world, we witness setbacks for peoples’ ability to fully exercise their freedoms of association, assembly, and expression, and civil society actors face increasingly direct restrictions on their digital rights by repressive regimes. The digital advances have provided new tactics and tools for surveillance, disinformation, and harassment, posing significant challenges for long-term and sustainable development and to the protection and promotion of human rights.

Simultaneously, digital technologies also present new opportunities for increased participation, access to information, and for coordinating collective civic action. In order to seize these opportunities, and to do it safely and effectively, civil society actors need to seize the tools and skills that can mitigate risks and multiply momentum.

Alongside Access Now, CIVICUS, and Digital Defenders Partnership, Global Focus has partnered in the Digital Democracy Initiative (DDI) - an ambitious programme aiming to strengthen and safeguard inclusive democracy under pressure in the digital age.

Together with CIVICUS, Global Focus drives the effort to enable and amplify the use of digital technology among local civil society actors in restrictive contexts in the Majority World. Access Now and Digital Defenders Partnership lead the work to defend and protect civic space and inclusive democracy by promoting stronger rights-focused policies and standards on digital technologies and improved security provision for civil society.

It is a clear ambition across the DDI to support Majority World civil society organisations as well as informally organised civil society actors and social movements who often face barriers to funding and other resources.

DDI was launched and funded by The Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) and the European Union. The Danish MFA and the EU has committed 40 and 11 million Euros respectively to the Digital Democracy Initiative from 2023 to 2026, while continuing the effort to bring on board additional donors.

OUR ROLE

Global Focus has two projects under the DDI:

  1. Advisory Board: Global Focus convenes and facilitates the Advisory Board for the DDI and acts as its secretariat. The Advisory Board is envisioned as a cross-culturally collaborative, future focused, inclusive, independent, and innovative consultative body integral to the governance structure of the DDI. The core purpose of the Advisory Board is to ensure that the voices of local civil society actors are present at all levels of the programme, from the strategic direction to the programmatic implementation, providing expert advice on policy as well as operational matters.
  2. Knowledge Hub: In concert with CIVICUS, Global Focus is working to construct a global digital learning platform that curates relevant information and knowledge products – including from other DDI projects and beyond – in localised and accessible formats to enable peer-learning within and across borders and organisations about the challenges, opportunities, and impact of digital technologies on civic engagement and inclusive democracy. It is a key goal for this platform by have longevity beyond the time frame of the DDI.


FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

Henrik Chulu 
Network advisor

PHONE: +45 53 55 76 42
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HENRIK CHULU 

NETWORK ADVISOR

PHONE: +45 53 55 76 42
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Civil society´s implementing partners in THE DIGITAL DEMOCRACY:

       

                

The digital democracy initiative was launched
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