Anticipating futures for civil society operating space

A three-year initiative (2022-2025) to strengthen anticipatory capacities and future readiness of civic space-focused civil society professionals that creates synergies between Solidarity Action Network’s (SANE) civic space community and the futures-focused Scanning the Horizon’s community.

It aims to increase the signal-scanning and future-facing capacities of (I)CSOs, in line
with the following three main objectives:

  • Increase the awareness and readiness of (I)CSOs in addressing current and future
    challenges at the intersection of civic space and crises
  • Offer a convening and collaborative space for civil society professionals to develop
    future scenarios in the context of civic space and crises
  • Translate developed scenarios into concrete strategies and strengthen capacities
    at the individual, organisational and sector level

Phases of the initiative:

  1. Preparing the ground and kicking off the initiative: June – December 2022
  2. Developing and engaging on future scenarios: January – December 2023
  3. Moving from scenarios to building concrete readiness: January 2024 – June 2025
  4. Evaluation and follow-up needs assessment: July 2025 – December 2025

Learn more about the initiative

This video introduces the initiative and shows its kick-off at the International Civic Forum 2022.


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