The 2017-2018 Annual Report focuses on our work in over 100 countries to safeguard and strengthen civic freedom. When it comes to protecting rights and improving lives in the face of adversity, it is the action of people and their communities that make a real difference. From applying international standards to prevent restrictive legislation in Sri Lanka to using research to advance philanthropy in Morocco, each story shares how our work makes an impact at the local and global level. We have also launched new initiatives to address emerging trends that affect the rights of individuals across the globe, including the impact of artificial intelligence on civic freedom. Together with our partners, we have advanced local reforms, pushed back against restrictions, and overcome challenges.