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 Task Team at the GPEDC’s Second High Level Meeting (HLM2)


The Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation’s (GPEDC) Second High Level Meeting (HLM2) took place 28 November – 1 December in Nairobi. The Task Team was involved in a number of items on the official agenda. The Task Team co-organized the  amphitheatre session “Enabling Environment for Partnerships”. The Task Team also organized – together with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) – the side event “Enabling Environments for CSO Engagement in Development: Lessons from GPEDC 2015/16 monitoring for Agenda 2030 implementation”. furthermore, the Task Team was represented at the monitoring workshop”Monitoring effective development co-operation: what have we achieved; how can we do better?”. More information about these events.


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:


Task Team Co-chairs, Secretariat and participant at HLM2


Overview of recent Task Team activities

Task Team bi-annual meeting

The Task Team held its last bi-annual meeting on 13-14 October at the International Institute of Social Studies in the Hague. Included in the agenda were discussions on Task Team engagement at the GPEDC’s Second High Level Meeting (HLM-2) in Nairobi, the HLM-2 Outcome Document and Key Messages for the HLM-2.

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Task Team October 2016 Meeting at the International Institute of Social Studies in the Hague, the Netherlands

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.

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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.