Welcome to the website of the Task Team on Civil Society Organization (CSO) Development Effectiveness and Enabling Environment.

The Task Team aims to promote and advance the role of civil society organizations (CSOs) in development. It focuses in particular on advancing an enabling environment for CSOs to operate in, as well as the development effectiveness of CSOs themselves. Both are needed for CSOs to be able to effectively contribute to development. This is critical in light of the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals and the role that CSOs are expected to play in their implementation and monitoring.

The Task Team engages in a wide range of activities, including policy review, offering recommendations on ways forward and convening actors in dialogue. 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.


Task Team Studies Literature Review

There is an opportunity for the Task Team to undertake another study following successful completion of the Comparative Studies of Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives (MSIs) 2016.

The Task Team commissioned a Knowledge Professional, Dr. Veriene Melo, to undertake an initial literature review for the first phase of the study, under the guidance of Professors Alan Fowler and Kees Biekart of the international Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Findings from this initial literature review will be used to inform further debate within the Task Team on knowledge needs and gaps that can be addressed through future in-depth studies. In combination with other ongoing policy-oriented initiatives, this work is intended to help advance the Task Team’s mandate on CSO development effectiveness and the CSO enabling environment.

For the full and summary version of the literature review, please see the our ongoing activities page.

November 2018 Task Team meeting

The next Task Team meeting will take place on 28-29 November 2018, back to back with the International Donor Group Meeting. The meetings will be held in The Hague in The Netherlands and will be hosted by the International Institute of Social Studies. The upcoming Task Team meeting in The Hague will be particularly important. The focus will first and foremost be on the future and concrete activities to operationalize the strategy adopted at the Task Team’s June 2018 meeting in Copenhagen. In this light, the aim is to foster more results, that is, to ‘go further together’ through joint, multi-stakeholder action both on a global level as well as on the ground.
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New Task Team Secretariat Manager

In June 2018, Hans de Voogd started as the new Manager of the Task Team Secretariat. Hans has worked most of his career as a diplomat for the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In that capacity he worked both in development cooperation and in bilateral and multilateral foreign relations. Three years ago he left the Dutch government and started working in the private sector on trade relations with Africa. After that he became Secretary General for Economic Development in Curacao and political adviser to the Prime Minister of that country.

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More Task Team updates 

For further updates, please see our TT updates page