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 enabling.

Published on April 30, 2020

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Abbreviations and acronyms
Executive summary
How Development Assistance Committee Members and Civil Society work together (Infographic)
Overview: Enabling civil society through effective development co-operation
What the literature says about civil society and Development Assistance Committee members
Working with civil society: Findings from surveys and consultations
Action points for DAC members and the OECD DAC towards enabling civil society
Annexes2 chapters available
Methodological note
DAC member financial flows for CSOs
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