This report that was commissioned by the ACT Alliance from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS, Sussex), analyses the implications for sustainable development of the recent wave of closures of civic space in countries around the world. The study concludes that tighter civic space has different implications for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in different settings, depending on how states use the power they gain from restricting civil society. Despite systematic differences in how this plays out in different political systems, shrinking civic space is overall highly likely to halt or reverse progress towards reducing inequality, insuring inclusion and improving sustainability, because it is often precisely those at greatest risk whom civil society seeks to empower and protect.
Read the Synthesis Report.
and the Policy Brief with ACT Alliance EU recommendations.