Civic Space Monitor


The Civic Space Monitor (CSM) is a cutting-edge research tool built to provide reliable and up-to-date data on the state of freedom of association, peaceful assembly and expression in 196 countries. Based on a constant analysis of multiple streams of data on civic space, each country is assigned a rating as closed, repressed, obstructed, narrowed or open. The CSM has an interactive world map that allows you to access real-time updates from civil society around the world, track threats to civil society and learn about the ways in which our right to participate is being realised or challenged. This project is funded by CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation.

Involvement/Role of WACSI

As a local research partner contributing to country updates on the CIVICUS Monitor, WACSI is responsible for monitoring activity in:

  • Benin
  • Côte d’Ivoire
  • Ghana
  • Liberia
  • Nigeria
  • Senegal
  • Sierra Leone

While our monitoring focuses on civic space, rather than civil society per se, we do this with a clear commitment to promoting universally-accepted human rights norms and the promotion of social justice.

Key Achievements

  • Provided monthly situation updates on Cameroon to CIVICUS since July 2018.
  • Published over 55 reliable updates on civic space in 9 countries.
  • Shared perspectives on the status of civic space in Africa (in collaboration with CIVICUS) at a global civil society meeting in Denmark organised by CISU.


CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation