Following on from last week’s blog, we want to hear from you on the first line of enquiry as part of the Civil Society Partnership Review. This week we’re focusing on the effective civil society strand. This focuses on two key areas: the enabling environment; and incentives for developing capacity and capability.
Developing and strengthening civil society can lead to empowerment of people in developing countries. When done effectively, this can lead to greater participation by people in development activities that affect them. We believe this leads to better outcomes for the people and societies in developing countries.
Thinking about your experience, is this broadly correct, and do you have examples of where this approach has been effective? We’d like to hear why you think this approach was so effective and what made it different from other approaches? Are there examples where this approach has failed, and what could have been done differently to make it work?
What do you think are the measures to help promote space for active civil society, how can this space be best secured, and what roles do, or should, donors and CSOs play to achieve this? Are there opportunities for donors and CSOs to collaborate more to achieve a better enabling environment, and how do you think this should be done?
We’re also focusing on the incentives in place, and how these affect development of civil society at an international, regional, national and local level. What roles do you think these different layers of civil society can undertake; what is each level’s comparative advantage in creating, maintaining and developing a sustainable and resilient civil society? What sort of activities are best undertaken at the international or regional level compared to the national or local level? How do you think donors can incentivise the right type of engagement from the right level of civil society?
How do you think DFID and other donors could support the changing relationship between CSOs at the international level and in developing countries? How could CSOs at all levels best position themselves to take account of this change in focus from international to national or local empowerment?
We’d love to see your comments below in response to some of these questions. Feel free to respond to other comments either in agreement, or to pose a counter view. Please take the survey for this theme and circulate this to your colleagues, contacts and networks. This survey will remain open until 28 August.
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