Safeguarding Civil Society Against Authoritarianism: Lessons from Former Soviet States
Hans Gutbrod, Executive Director, Transparify
Cristina Gherasimov, Project Manager, Government Defence Anti-Corruption Index, Transparency International
Chair: Orysia Lutsevych, Manager, Ukraine Forum, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House
In recent years, the legitimacy of civil society organizations (CSOs) has repeatedly been challenged by the governments of many former Soviet states who argue that too many CSOs are foreign-funded and self-appointed. Furthermore, many governments invoke transparency and accountability in making a case against CSOs. What is the reasoning behind this charge? And what can CSOs, donors, and donor governments do to counter it? Drawing on a recent report for the Transparency & Accountability Initiative, Hans Gutbrod will summarize some key lessons learned, followed by an hour for discussion.
Attendance at this event is by invitation only.