Activists are struggling for open, democratic societies across the globe with access to few resources and little support. The concentration of existing support often comes from external actors—foreign governments, foundations, nongovernmental organizations, and private individuals—yet there has been insufficient research on how activists experience this support, until now.
Based on over 1100 responses from activists in Colombia, Egypt, India, Kenya, Russia, Sudan, Turkey, Uganda,Ukraine, and Venezuela, Understanding Activism provides critical insights into practices that can be adopted across civil society to ensure more effective support to nonviolent movements at the forefront of securing inclusive, participatory democracies.
I worked with Rhize and The Atlantic Council to develop and design this research. I trained and supported a team of ten research coordinators to ethically engage activists in the research and to verify the analysis of the data.
The research has informed the development of a new course Adopting a Movement Mindset to support civil society professionals to better support national social movement activists.
Understanding Activism has been incredibly groundbreaking — for us and for the field writ large. I’m not sure I’ve had the chance to quite express how impactful it’s been, but it’s one of the greatest things we’ve been able to do to move our work forward. You should put it on a pedestal of gold and be really proud!
– Erin Mazursky, Executive Director, Rhize