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Can the private sector be allies to civic activists and media under threat globally? Where can they start?

Gina Volynsky July 13, 2022

Civic activists and independent media around the world are under pressure. In 2021, authoritarian rule has expanded globally for the 16th year in a row; and relative freedoms declined in 60 countries.1 This means citizens were unable to exercise their most basic rights, journalists were unable to safely and independently report the news, and activists were threatened, jailed, or even killed.  

As the relative impact of foreign direct investment rises, and civic and media platforms managed by global companies continue to grow, the private sector has become more influential in civic and media environments, within and across national borders. 



Meta Themes

  • Advance Democracy


Purpose and Desired Outcome

The session will explore the following themes to help the audience and us to better understand and act on: Why and how should the private sector care about civic and media freedom? Why and how should the civic and media sectors actively involve the private sector? Which types of private sector actors should feel a particular sense of responsibility on these issues? How can the private sector be allies in pushing for greater civic and media freedom? What are potential models for collaboration between the private sector and civic activists and independent media?


  • Asset Managers

  • Intermediaries (Financial Advisers, Investment Bankers)

  • Academia

  • Corporate & SME

  • Entrepreneurs

  • Government

  • Service Providers


  • NameGina Volynsky
  • TitleSenior Director, Private Sector Engagement Team
  • OrganizationPact
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameMelica Panic
  • TitleDirector, USAID's CSM-STAND, Africa and MENA
  • OrganizationPact
  • StatusConfirmed
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