Barometers of Civic Space
In recent years, a growing number of actors—both domestic governments and foreign actors—have sought to co-opt, control, and curtail civic space in an effort to discourage political challenges and influence civil society, even in relatively democratic countries.
Yet, despite eroding democratic norms and malign foreign influence being a top concern for many countries, policymakers, advocates, and scholars lack reliable data to monitor and respond to these trends over time.
To fill this critical data gap, AidData has collected and analyzed vast amounts of historical data on civic space and Russian influence across 17 countries in Eastern Europe and Eurasia (E&E) between 2010 and 2021. The resulting reports—a regional synthesis report and 17 individual country profiles—quantify key barometers of civic space in ways that are comparable across the region and that can be scaled to future years and regions.