Civil society organization engagement in development processes

The Online Interactive Guidance on Effective Engagement of Civil Society in Development is designed to build awareness on the need to engage civil society organizations (CSOs) in development processes.

The scale and ambition of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) requires participation of all development actors, including 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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This Online Interactive Guidance is informed by the written Guidance and Good Practice on CSO Development Effectiveness and Enabling Environment, as developed by the Task Team on CSO Development Effectiveness and Enabling Environment (Task Team) and amongst others draws from research commissioned by the Task Team through its Secretariat at the International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam (ISS-EUR).