The Review is well under way, looking at how we will define our future objectives for working with CSOs, as well as associated approaches and instruments for our partnership model. What a first week of online engagement we’ve had! We’ve had thousands of hits on our first blog, and hundreds of survey responses! Keep your responses and comments coming! I also enjoyed our #DFIDCSPR Twitterchat with Bond on Thursday, even if it was exhausting at times! We’re now into week two of our online engagement with you all: we’re focusing this week on effective knowledge and influence.
Sharing knowledge, experience and power
I don’t know about you, but I firmly believe open and transparent dialogue between donors, CSOs, think tanks, private sector partners and others leads to better development outcomes. DFID values our discussions and engagement with CSOs, but could it be better? Is our engagement strategic and effective, or are we focused on isolated development issues, making it ad hoc and piecemeal? Can DFID, CSOs, think tanks and others collaborate better, and crucially how do you think that could be effectively achieved? If you were in our shoes, what would you do differently?
Influencing the influencers
I, and I imagine all of my colleagues, would like to believe what we hear (and sometimes tell ourselves): DFID is one of the leaders in humanitarian and development approaches. But how can we stay ahead of the game? We must go further! How can DFID and CSOs collaborate effectively to encourage others to align with our shared objectives for development? How can we work together to ensure effective sustainable development, everywhere, for everyone? What examples have you seen of effective joint donor/CSO influencing, and why did it work so well?
Once upon a time…
UK public support for development is crucial. I watched the recent One Campaign video about UK aid and public perceptions, and it made me think: are we telling our story effectively? How can DFID and civil society deepen public understanding of, and support for, international development? How can we be more strategic and collaborate better on communicating, and building support for international development? What is the donor vs CSO comparative advantage in raising awareness? As One demonstrated, once people hear the facts about what support is provided, and the difference it makes to peoples’ lives, opinions can change.
Comment, share and engage!
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 4 September. If you’d like to know more about the review check out our webpage, follow @DFID_Inclusive on Twitter and use #DFIDCSPR to engage. You can also engage via the DFID and Bond co-hosted Twitterchat each Thursday from 13.00, or follow Matt on Twitter. Check out our Storify from the last chat.
We won't be able to offer personal responses to each and every comment, however they will be read and considered in our analysis during the review. Please do not submit written submissions concerning the Lines of Enquiry to the review team, as we cannot commit to reviewing these. For this reason, it is essential to engage with our blogs and surveys embedded in them.