Welcome to the website of the Task Team on Civil Society Organization (CSO) Development Effectiveness and Enabling Environment.
The Task Team is a multi-stakeholder informal network with participants from three stakeholder groups: governments that provide development cooperation, recipient governments and civil society organizations (CSOs).
The Task Team’s work is concerned with advancing the roles of civil society in development. More specifically, the Task Team seeks to promote the international commitments on civil society and development as agreed at the 2011 Busan High Level Forum on aid effectiveness, the 2014 Mexico High Level Meeting and more recently the 2016 Nairobi High Level Meeting, focusing in particular on the CSO enabling environment and CSO development effectiveness. The Task Team engages in a wide range of activities, including policy review, offering recommendations on ways forward and organizing events.
In its work, the Task Team mostly engages with the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation as well as the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals.
The Stockholm Civil Society Days (SCSD) – co-organized by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and CONCORD Sweden – will be taking place in Stockholm on 20-22 September. The focus of this year’s SCSD is on the theme of shrinking civic space. The Task Team will be organizing the session
Switching Gears: Imagine you are someone else!Shift positions between CSO, donor and partner country government representative, which is taking place on Friday 22 September at 10:00 AM.
NEW ON OUR WEBSITE:
TASK TEAM BLOG ON GPEDC WEBSITE
The Task Team wrote a blog for the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation (GPEDC) website “Partnering to achieve the SDGs: Lessons learned from monitoring civil society’s engagement in development”. The blog is based on the Task Team’s stock-take of country-level experiences with the multi-stakeholder monitoring approach of GPEDC Indicator Two.
VIDEOS OF TASK TEAM EVENTS AT HLM2
Video summary of the Task Team’s side event – organized together with Sida – on Enabling Environments for CSO Engagement in Development: Lessons from GPEDC 2015/16 monitoring for Agenda 2030 Implementation.
Video summary of the Task Team’s HLM2 amphitheatre session on Enabling Environment for Partnerships.
The Task Team produced a number of documents targeting HLM2:
- Key Messages
- Global Partnership Initiative 12 Stock-take of Indicator Two Monitoring (full report)
- Global Partnership Initiative 12 Stock-take of Indicator Two Monitoring (summary)
- Development of Guidance for Indicator Two: An Invitation to Engage
- Policy Summary of the Comparative Studies of Multi-stakeholder Initiatives
Overview of recent Task Team activities
Task Team bi-annual meeting
The Task Team held its last bi-annual meeting on 5-6 April in Paris.
Want a quick overview of the Task Team? Please read the Task Team’s brochure with information about the Task Team’s history, key messages and current activities.
Stock-take of Indicator Two Monitoring
In 2016, the Task Team undertook a stock-take of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation’s (GPEDC) 2015/16 monitoring of the global effective development cooperation commitments in relation to civil society. The Stock-take focused in particular on Indicator Two: civil society operates in an environment that maximizes its engagement in and contribution to development. The purpose of the Stock-take was to provide a light assessment of the 2015/16 Indicator Two monitoring based on the experience and perceptions of stakeholders in eleven countries. The full report and summary are now available online.
Policy Summary of the Comparative Studies of Multi-stakeholder Initiatives (MSI Studies)
In early 2016, the Task Team commissioned studies on what makes multi-stakeholder initiatives (MSIs) work well and why. Drawing from seventeen MSI cases in four countries (Costa Rica, Indonesia, Kenya and Kyrgyzstan), the study pointed to various principles that appear to be key to MSI effectiveness. This Policy Summary presents some of the key findings and recommendations on MSI effectiveness, with a particular focus on inclusion and ownership in country-level MSIs.