Jun 23
Online Presentation and Discussion: “How we work with civil society”

  Online Presentation and Discussion "How we work with civil society"
Thursday, 9 July 2020, 14.00 – 15.30h

Dear colleagues

The scope for civil society to operate and engage in policy processes and as a watchdog, without fear of official disapproval, violence and judicial pursuits, has narrowed in the past two decades. The CIVICUS Monitor reported in 2019 that 40% of the world's population now lives in countries with repressed civic space.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is clear on the need to engage civil society organisations (CSOs) in implementing and monitoring the Sustainable Development Goals. With their capacity to bring the voices of those on the frontlines of poverty, inequality and vulnerability into development processes, CSOs can help to ensure no one is left behind. In order to work to their maximum potential, CSOs need members of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) to provide and promote enabling environments.

We are happy to invite you to the online presentation and discussion of the following recently published Study and Guidance Note:

  • OECD/DAC Study: Development Assistance Committee Members and Civil Society

    This study provides a comprehensive review of the various ways in which DAC members support and engage with civil society. It argues that they can do more to make their civil society policies and practices effective. To that end, the study provides action points for further discussion with DAC members, CSOs, and others, to be developed into a guidance or a recommendation for how members can improve the effectiveness of their work with civil society, and, by extension, make environments for CSOs more enabling.

In the face of increased restrictions encountered by civil society - hindering it to operate effectively as an actor of development - the SDC networks DDLGN and FCHRnet formulated a guidance sheet titled Responding to the Contested Space for Civil Society. This guidance draws on a learning journey that involved SDC staff from country office and in Bern.  It provides an overview of the main characteristics and drivers of shrinking space for Civil Society and provides concrete responses for SDC along four dimensions considering policy, programmatic responses, alliance-building and evidence-generation.


More details regarding the programme and speakers and the skype link to the event will follow soon with an outlook invitation to all network participants. 

Registrations by accepting the upcoming outlook invitation are welcome by 6 July 2020. 
We are looking forward to interesting presentations and discussions.  

 Warm regards,

Rahel Bösch

Head of Institutional Partnership Division

Ursula Keller

Senior Policy Advisor Governance /DDLGN


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