Task Team

The Secretariat of the Task Team on Civil Society Organization (CSO) Development Effectiveness and Enabling Environment is hosted at ISS.

The Task Team is an informal, multi-stakeholder network of representatives from the official donor, partner country and CSO communities. It is co-chaired by representatives from the Government of Mali, the Government of the Netherlands, and the CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE).

What does the Task Team do?

The Task Team’s work is concerned with advancing the roles of civil society in development, focusing in particular on international commitments agreed at the Busan High Level Forum (2011) and the Mexico High Level Meeting (2014).

Policies that influence the space for civil society roles in development are continually being developed at various levels, from global to national. The Task Team seeks to influence policy and decision-making by raising awareness on global commitments and by reviewing policies and practice toward their implementation.

In addition the Task Team provides recommendations for ways forward that respect these global commitments.

Finally, the Task Team also organizes events to convene different actors (policy makers from governments and intergovernmental organizations, civil society representatives, academics, media, etc.) in dialogue and knowledge-sharing.

The Task Team predominantly works in two policy domains, that of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC) and the Sustainable Development Goals (which replace the Millennium Development Goals).

Overview of the activities and scope of the work of the Task Team.


Examples of work carried out by the Task Team

Focus Session – the Task Team organized a Focus Session on Practical Ways to Improve the Enabling Environment for Civil Society at the first High level Meeting of the GPEDC in Mexico in April 2014.

Speakers included Lilianne Ploumen (Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation), Miroslav Lajčák (Slovakian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign & European Affairs) as well as Danny Sriskandarajah (Secretary General of CIVICUS) amongst others. See the video excerpt or visit our website for more information.

Studies – The Task Team sees value in studies that could guide its work. It has commissioned a study on what contributes to good performance of multi-stakeholder initiatives (MSIs) operating at country level. Under leadership of Dr. Kees Biekart and Professor Alan Fowler from ISS’ Civic Innovation Research Initiative, research was done in Costa Rica, Indonesia, Kenya and Kyrgyzstan.

Framework and Guidelines – The development of a CSO-enabling environment framework and guidelines (Global Partnership Initiative 12) is one of 39 initiatives that seeks to advance aid and development cooperation under the auspices of the GPEDC. The Task Team is responsible for Global Partnership Initiative 12 which will be presented at the GPEDC’s second High Level Meeting in 2016 in Kenya.

Monitoring Progress – The GPEDC has a ten-part global monitoring framework to track progress on the commitments agreed in Busan in 2011. Indicator Two of this framework is concerned with the enabling environment for civil society. The Task Team helped the GPEDC refine this indicator by developing a conceptual framework and offering suggestions on how to monitor this indicator in 2015/2016.


The Secretariat consists of a Secretariat Manager (David Wubs-Mrozewicz), a Senior Policy Advisor (Jacqueline Wood), a Policy and Communications Officer (Adinda Ceelen) and an Event Coordinator (Sanne Huesken)

The role of the Secretariat is to support the Task Team by providing strategic planning support. Amongst other tasks, the Secretariat reviews key policy papers, provides tailored policy advice, facilitates communication and information sharing, and engages in the organization of meetings and events.

The Task Team Secretariat and Task Team meetings and events are funded by the Swedish International Development Co-operation Agency (SIDA).


Please contact Adinda Ceelen via ceelen@remove-this.iss.nl or drop by - the Task Team Secretariat is housed in room 2.36 of the ISS building on Kortenaerkade 12 in The Hague. You can also have look on the Task Team website.