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About the Innovation Report 2019

We believe one of our roles is to bring international civil society sector’s innovations into focus. Our aim in highlighting innovative approaches is that others maybe learn from them and benefit, particularly those facing similar challenges. Our new annual Innovation Report is about showcasing innovative civil society responses in the face of rising populism, one of the defining political features of our times. In partnership with JustLabs, the title of our inaugural 2019 edition is ‘Civil Society Innovation and Populism in a Digital Era’.

This will be the first publication to take a broad civil society overview in documenting and sharing effective response strategies and case studies from a range of organisations – national CSOs and networks, ICSOs and campaigns or movements.

There is a significant opportunity for organisations to benefit more from the lessons others have learned, or are in the process of addressing. That is what our report aims to do.

It presents different innovative strategies and opportunities by CSOs that respond effectively to some of the challenges and defining features of populism, with 14 case studies in total. Each includes reflections on specific contextual factors, and audiences, tools, tactics and stage of implementation differ. However, all are trying new methods of strengthening CSO impact, legitimacy and relevant in contexts where populism presents challenges to this,

To help share the lessons of these case studies our report:

  • Defines the key features of each populist context, and summarises key digital dimensions,
  • Analyses and categorises each case study as a core, adjacent or transformational innovation and by its maturity as experimental, emerging or established, with key takeaways from each,
  • Provides an overall set of key recommendations, inspiring think pieces about the future, and key related resources.

With our systematic overview of the case studies, we hope that civil society organisations around the world are inspired to adapt and deploy new strategies to respond in contexts of growing populism.