NGOs as Drivers for Enhanced, Civic and Democratic Spaces in Europe

 

Dear civil society leaders and activists,

In a context when the space for civil society to express critical views and articulate dissenting voices is shrinking both at European and national level, under threat of budgetary constraints, the raise of illiberal regimes or disproportionate security measures etc., it is crucial for civil society actors to collectively and critically assess the current challenges and build bridges with the academic spheres in order to renew and rethink their social and political action.

 

The objectives of this European Civic Academy are three fold: (1) mapping civil society needs in terms of research priorities; (2) enable civic actors to gain knowledge about existing research, methodology and approaches to inspire a renewal of their social and political action; (3) increase awareness among academic researchers about civil society needs and priorities and identify collaborative opportunities for future research.

 

The event will be highly participative and interactive and will allow you to discover new perspectives on challenges faced by civil society’, but also on our work and engagement.

 

Please find below:

 

Draft Programme

 

Please register by using the link below by 5 September 2017. The ECA is open to Civil Society organisations, leaders and activists at national and European level. Participation in the conference, coffee breaks and meals are free:

 

Registration

 

We kindly ask you to also fill the short survey below that will help us to prepare discussions in the most effective way. The survey is also available in word version upon request.

 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FPRW6P3

 

For any further information linked to the logistics or the programme, please feel free to contact Civil Society Europe.