About CivicSpace.tech

The Strengthening Civil Society Globally (SCS Global) Program, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) under a Leader with Associates (LWA) Cooperative Agreement, works across sectors to offer USAID Missions and Operating Units a flexible, worldwide platform for designing and implementing projects that strengthen civil society and independent media organizations to advance DRG objectives and other development goals.

SCS Global’s purpose is the identification and development of evidence-based approaches to strengthen civil society and media in support of DRG and other development results in open and closing environments.

CivicSpace.tech was created based on research to identify knowledge gaps among development practitioners from CSOs and USAID concerning digital trends and threats being experienced around the world. It is intended to equip civil society, governmental and other actors with information they need to participate in decision-making conversations about technology in development programming and to protect their interests in the quickly changing digital landscape.

Internews, ICNL and FHI 360 led the creation of CivicSpace.tech.

FHI 360FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. Our staff includes experts in health, education, nutrition, environment, economic development, civil society, gender, youth, research, technology, communication and social marketing — creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today’s interrelated development challenges. FHI 360 serves more than 70 countries and all U.S. states and territories.
InternewsInternews, an international nonprofit organization, works with citizens and local media in more than 100 countries. Together with local partners, Internews helps provide people worldwide with the trustworthy, high-quality news and information they need to make informed decisions, participate in their communities, and hold power to account.
ICNLThe International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) works in more than 100 countries to develop long-term relationships with civil society, governments, and the international community to strengthen civic space. ICNL improves the legal environment for civil society, philanthropy, and public participation with and through more than 3500 partners around the world.

We extend our sincere thanks to the many peers who reviewed and provided feedback on CivicSpace.tech during its creation, including:

Mariam Afrasiabi, Aubra Anthony, Matthew Baker, Karim Benard Dende, David Black, Jaclyn Carlsen, Jared Ford, Elizabeth Heideman, David Jacobstein, Muatar Khaydarova, Lauren Kirby, Josh Machleder, Shannon Maguire, Michael Mcnulty, Lorri Ann Meils, Paul Nelson, Angela Nicoara, Michelle Parker, Diana Parzik, Krishna Pathak, Bishnu Sapota, Rebecca Saxton-Fox, Elizabeth Sutterlin, and Asta Zinbo.

Writers and Contributors
Gillian “Gus” Andrews, Jon Camfield, Rohini Lakshane, Zach Lampell, Menatalla Mohamed, Paula Orlando, Claire Pershan, Haley Slafer, Ella Shoup, Lisa Vermeer

Executive Editors
Deborah Ensor, Barney Singer

Design Lab 360

For more information about SCS Global, please see our web portal, www.NGOConnect.net. You can also reach us at SCSGlobal@fhi360.org if you have questions or resources to share.

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