Enabling civil society to respond to crises and development needs
Civil society is a core partner in the implementation of the sustainable development goals (SDGs), as well as in the response to Covid-19 and recovery strategies. Yet it is facing ever-growing challenges, such as restrictions on civic space, effectiveness gaps, tensions in donor policies and practices, and shortcomings in civil society organisation’s (CSOs) accountability.
High-level event ‘A call to action: Enabling civil society in the context of Covid-19’
4 June 2021, 12:00 – 14:30 CET | Watch the replay on YouTube
Donors, partner country governments and civil society organisations (CSOs) gathered to assess the challenges faced by civil society, which the Covid-19 pandemic had exacerbated.
Civic space restrictions
In 2020, more than 100 countries were characterized by closed, repressed or obstructed civic space.
Resources for CSOs
ODA for donor country-based CSOs (USD 13.5 billion) is much higher than ODA for developing country-based CSOs (USD 1.4 billion).
Covid-19 has increased awareness about inequitable partnerships among types of CSOs that impede local ownership.
The event –the public segment of the DAC Civil Society Days 2021- drew attention on the need to step up individual and collective donor efforts to enable civil society’s responses to crises and development needs. It called for new, more effective partnerships to promote sustainable development by:
respecting, protecting and promoting civic space;
supporting and engaging with civil society;
encouraging CSOs effectiveness, transparency and accountability.
DAY 1: THURSDAY 27 MAY
DAC Community of Practice on Civil Society meeting
DAY 2: FRIDAY 28 MAY
International Donor Group on civil society meeting
DAY 3: MONDAY 31 MAY
Task Team on CSO Development Effectiveness and Enabling Environment meeting (1/2)
DAY 4: TUESDAY 01 JUNE
Task Team on CSO Development Effectiveness and Enabling Environment meeting (2/2)
DAY 5: WEDNESDAY 02 JUNE
Technical workshop: ‘Towards building forward better together: finding solutions to enable civil society’
The OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) engages with CSOs through a dedicated dialogue framework and evidence-based analytical work. In its 2020 High Level Meeting Communiqué, it has committed to developing a new policy instrument on enabling civil society.
The Civil Society Days are a biennial forum that explores challenges facing civil society, and builds bridges and multi-stakeholder partnerships toward SDGs 16 and 17. The aim is to identify strategies and practices to promote an enabling environment where civil society can make full use of their potential to contribute to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and other international commitments.