2015 Democracy

Rethinking Civil Society and Support for Democracy

Richard Youngs

Sweden has a long tradition of providing development cooperation with the aim of strengthening democracy and respect for human rights. Sida-support for these purposes has increased in recent years, and accounts for more than 5 billion SEK annually.

At the same time, there have been a number of changes that affect the conditions for this kind of support. New kinds of civic actors and protest have appeared, and new regime tactics have affected the possibilities for civil society to organise and to act.

In the report Rethinking Civil Society and Support for Democracy (EBA 2015:01) the author Richard Youngs analyses the new challenges and opportunities for civil society support and the implications for donors like Sweden. The report contains a number of recommendations for how donors like Sweden should respond and design their support.