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Andrew Firmin

Opinion Andrew Firmin 5 June 2021

Tracking 10 years of protests: here’s what we’ve learned

CIVICUS’s recently published State of Civil Society Report was our 10th edition, offering an opportunity to reflect on what has changed in civic action over 10 years. Looking back, from the ‘Arab Spring’ and Occupy to …

Analysis Andrew Firmin and Ines Pousadela 27 November 2020

Civil society fights back as smears and vilification intensify

The pattern is now clear. In country after country, those who seek to limit rights attack civil society. Alongside tactics such as censorship and misuse of the criminal justice system, a weapon in growing favour …

Analysis Andrew Firmin 1 September 2011

Civil society more than the sum of CSOs

In trying to understand and grasp what civil society is and how it can be strengthened, those who seek to support the sector may have been looking in the wrong places. This is one of …