Effective Engagement of Civil Society in Development


What role do governments, donors and civil society organizations (CSOs) play to help maximize CSOs’ contributions to development? English, Spanish & French MOOC

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The scale and ambition of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) requires participation of all development actors, including civil society organizations (CSOs), to ensure its implementation. Effective engagement of CSOs in development to achieve the SDGs is a shared responsibility: Governments, donors and CSOs all have a role to play to help maximize CSOs’ contributions to development. It is therefore urgent that CSOs meaningfully and effectively engage in development processes.

But what is needed for CSOs to be able to do so? This Online Interactive Guidance offers some answers to that question. It takes participants through a history of the international commitments that call for this multi-stakeholder collaboration; what this means in practice for different development actors; and the benefits that can ensue through means of good practice examples from countries across the globe.

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The Online Guidance consists of five modules that each play a part in creating an environment in which CSOs can meaningfully and effectively contribute to implementation and monitoring of international development processes.

Each module starts with an animated video introducing the topic and is followed by good practice examples; insights from the field in the form of video interviews; in-depth readings; and an online activity.



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This course is free of charge.

The course is available in English, Spanish and French. Click on the Sign up bottom on the left to register.

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International Institute of Social Studies
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