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Online Innovation Report launch: Civil Society Innovation and Populism in a Digital Era

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  • Online
  • Introduction to the 2019 Innovation Report
    14th January 2020
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This event is the virtual launch of and case study presentation from our 2019 Innovation Report. We are excited to introduce this to a new audience and be joined by two of our inspiring case study contributors, IREX and Civicus.

The International Civil Society Centre and JustLabs launched our first ever Innovation Report on “Civil Society Innovation and Populism in a Digital Era” at our Global Perspectives conference in Addis Ababa on 30th October 2019. We are now running this additional virtual ‘launch’ session as an opportunity to introduce more sector colleagues unable to the framing and findings of our analysis, and hear more in depth from two of the compelling international civil society case studies featured in the report:

  • Firstly, we will briefly present the key definitions and six overall recommendations drawn from the total of 14 case studies from civil society organisations on four continents around the world.
  • Programme colleagues from IREX will then share key insights from their highly successful Learn 2 Discern citizen media literacy training approach which, after significant success in Ukraine, has since been scaled to a number of other contexts, including Indonesia, Jordan, Serbia, Tunisia and the USA.
  • Finally, Civicus will share reflections and emerging findings from its pioneering Resilient Roots programme, working with a network of 15 partners around the world to test whether strengthening accountability to primary constituents can help build organisational resilience in the context of external threats and attacks to civic space.

This will be held Tuesday Jan 14th – 09:00-10:00 East Coast US time/14:00-15:00 London time/15:00-16:00 Berlin time. Registrants will be sent a link to join the webinar in early January.



IREX is an international development NGO that works with partners in more than 100 countries in four areas essential to progress: empowering youth, cultivating leaders, strengthening institutions, and extending access to quality education and information.

Mehri Druckman is IREX’s Country Representative in Ukraine, leading strategic program development and country operations and overseeing a portfolio of programs that promote public diplomacy, increase social cohesion through conflict prevention, and support reform efforts. Mehri is a media literacy and training development expert who combines deep knowledge of anti-propaganda programming, effective media support, tech4development, and community engagement with field-tested training methodologies.

IREX's Mehri Druckman
Mehri Druckman

Katya Vogt is IREX’s Global Lead for Media and Information Literacy Initiatives. Katya has developed effective approaches to fight disinformation through awareness raising and skill building, education and teacher training, and to strengthen media, civil society, and local governance. As IREX’s Ukraine Country Director from 2015-18, Katya led the expansion of IREX’s program portfolio to include initiatives which improved Ukrainians’ resilience to disinformation and propaganda, built tolerance and community cohesion in conflict-affected areas, and increased active citizen engagement in democratic reform processes. Katya holds a Master’s in Education in international education policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and is fluent in Russian and Ukrainian.

IREX's Katya Vogt
Katya Vogt

Vicky Tongue is the International Civil Society Centre’s Programme Manager – Futures and Innovation and the lead author of the 2019 Innovation Report.

Vicky Tongue headshot

Jack Cornforth is CIVICUS’ Resilient Roots Coordinator.