Cathal began working in the civil society and human rights space in 2006, first as Project Officer with the EC Civil Society Fund in Ethiopia, then as a Governance Advisor with the EU Delegation in Lusaka. Prior to joining CIVICUS, Cathal worked as project director with Freedom House in Southern Africa. He has conducted extensive reseach on civic space, rule of law and human rights issues in Africa and globally and is currently Coordinator of the CIVICUS Monitor, our new initiative to capture civic space developments in real time. Follow @gilbertcathal on Twitter.