Roundtable 5: Donor and Government Enabling Environment

Roundtable 5: Donor and
Government Enabling Environment
Hubert de Milly, OECD DAC
Lead Speakers
- Wamupu Akapelwa, Government of Zambia
- Tomas Brundin, Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs
Steering committee
-Jacqueline Wood, CIDA
Proposed commitments by partner
• Reforming the existing legislative framework (or introduce
one if necessary) to make it more enhancing for an
independent civil society (recognizing role, voice, activity…,
facilitating registration, right to receive funds…)
• Establish mechanisms (places, arenas) for ongoing multistakeholder dialogue to deal with specific development
issues and policies, and resolve problems
• Government contribution for CSOs in order to enable
better performance (Reservation: with contribution goes
control, and we don’t want to controls civil society).
Proposed commitments by donors
Draft a common overarching goal for donors vis à vis civil society,:
– Tentative goal: Strengthen a vibrant, democratic and diverse civil society in partner
– Efforts to reach it : policy dialogue with CS and partner governments, communication
Balance capacity building efforts between governments and civil society.
Apply “good donorship” in support of civil society:
– Core support
– Long term commitment, build on what exists
– Common funding modalities
– Flexibility/responsiveness
– Appropriate contracting and procedures, single reporting
Encourage Northern CSOs to be responsive to local demands and relate to partner
countries development strategies.
Other points mentioned:
• Focus on south-south learning.
• Allocate resources for impact evaluations (especially participatory/rigorous).
• Direct access for CSOs to donors vs intermediary bodies (cf. Sierra Leone case study)
Proposed commitments by Southern
• Operate within existing regulatory framework
and establish CSO code of conduct for
increased accountability and transparency.
• Have constant contact with local constituency
through information sharing and consultation.
• Develop self monitoring and evaluation
Proposed commitments by Northern
• Downward accountability to CSO partners & beneficiaries.
• Sustainable and more equitable partnerships with SCSOs
• Advocacy role in establishing spaces for inclusive policy dialogue (including
in the North). Making but not taking all the space.
• Legitimacy through either/or:
International code of conduct learning from Red Cross Code, HAP, etc.
Promote public understanding of CSO role
Accreditation process ?
• Harmonise to reduce duplication of effort in service delivery, but not on
human rights, social change or advocacy issues, as there is value in
diversity of approach.
Multi stake holders proposed
• Ease access to information for CSOs (but CSOs are also
sources of information, especially qualitative information,
innovation, research…)
• Acknowledge the political but non-partisan dimension of
civil society development efforts. CSOs as change agents.
• Acknowledge the legitimacy of CSO own specific goals,
beyond governments and donors priorities (but not in
contradiction with them).
• All stakeholders should commit to abide by a common law :

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