Since 2016, the International Civic Forum (ICF) convenes leaders from civil society, media, philanthropy, government and business who are at the forefront of protecting and advancing civic space around the globe. It is the annual civic space platform to develop face–to–face contacts, build trust and identify opportunities for collaboration. In 2019, the Forum will assess existing and new solidarity response mechanisms that come into effect when there is a moment of systematic clampdown on civil society organisations(CSOs). The ICF 2019 will kick off the process of developing a global solidarity playbook that will inform and help to improve the solidarity mechanisms.
The third International Civic Forum took place within the International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) 22-24 October 2018 and was co-hosted by Transparency International, Charities Aid Foundation, CIVICUS, The B Team, and the Open Government Partnership. The Forum highlighted the importance of bringing together a diverse set of civil society activists and organisations on the topic of civic space. While they all may focus on different areas (such as anti-corruption, human rights, environmental issues, and LGBTI rights), the Forum gave participants a space to explore the connectedness of these issues.