A regional trend of shrinking civic space and a restrictive and constrained environment for Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) continues to have an impact on CSO operations in the East African Community (EAC) region. CSOs continue to advocate for a healthy civic space, particularly in the digital space, where they can freely organize, participate, and communicate, with the goal of promoting the realization of fundamental freedoms by influencing the political and social structures around them. On this basis, the Protection of Civic Space in East Africa Platform (PCSEA), an online platform, was established to expand the shrinking civic space and encourage CSO engagement in the digital space.
Civil societies are gradually adopting digital spaces for communication. There are organizations that are completely digital, while others are slowly or unwillingly embracing digital space. Given that digital spaces/online platforms serve as an alternative means of community engagement and a tool for advocacy, CSOs must embrace the online transition to supplement physical engagement.
As a result, this Twitter space session will bring on board Tribeless youth, an organization that promotes online activism, as well as Bunge Mashinani, an organization that is in its early stages of adopting the digital space as a tool for advocacy. The Twitter space session will also provide a space for peer learning on online engagement as well as the creation of awareness of the PCSEA platform.
Twitter space: @eacsof_kenya