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Civicus monitor

May 2017

When a global alliance of over 4,500 civil society organisations spread across more than 175 countries needed to shine a light on the clampdown on civic freedoms we were able to step in with a powerful, custom-built research tool.

Cathal Gilbert

Head of Civic Space Research

Right from the start, DEV listened to us very closely and made absolutely sure they understood what we wanted to achieve with the platform before they got to work. Unlike other developers who proposed off-the-shelf solutions, DEV took the time to fully understand the project’s context and goals and the results speak for themselves.

With increasing attacks on community groups, NGOs, charities and other civil society organisations across the world, Civicus needed a way to document the patterns of repression around the world, aggregating data from their members to pull together a picture of a complex global trend.

Working with Civicus to understand their closely understand their needs, we were able to balanced a complex research and scoring process that aggregates data from sources around the world with a strong design and development process. The result is an easy to manage pipeline for input with a rock-solid data trail that results in a scoring of countries, reflected in a beautiful visualisation presenting headlines, data and rich media content seamlessly.

Central to the work of Civicus (which has been featured prominently in the Guardian and elsewhere) in addressing civil society space, the Monitor provides a simple front-end experience that empowers activists and journalists around the world by putting the information they need at their fingertips.

Explore the Civicus Civil Society Monitor and see the threats facing civil society around the world.

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