Development Assistance Committee Members and Civil Society
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.
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