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Silencing Voices, Closing Space: Assessing the Enabling Environment for Civil Society as Development Actors

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CSOs have welcomed the GPEDC’s attention to CSO enabling conditions as one of ten indicators of progress and the implications for government to improve this environment. However, evidence gathered to date points to a different reality for many CSOs reflected in increasingly severe restrictions in a growing number of countries on rights that affect their operations, a very mixed experience with respect to CSO spaces for policy influencing, and greater impediments in donor terms and conditions in their support for CSOs as development actors. This report synthesizes some of this current evidence; it draws on documentation and research undertaken by CPDE, some of its members, and the Reality of Aid in Africa.

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