The report examines the major events involving and affecting civil society around the world by drawing from a wide range of interviews with members of civil society and melding those testimonials with research and analysis. Key trends impacting civil society throughout 2017 and continuing into 2018 are identified and discussed as an overview of what civil society was faced with over the last year. The report asserts that 2017 was marked by innovative mobilization of citizens, a pushback on populism, and intolerance for violations of rule of law, undermining of democratic institutions, cronyism, and false propaganda. The report also includes a timeline of major events for civil society that took place in 2017 across the world.
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