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

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 is working on a Guidance for Indicator 2.  The Guidance seeks to broaden and deepen a common understanding of what is meant by the four modules of Indicator 2 – the indicator used by the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation to track progress in creating an enabling environment for CSOs.

The Guidance on Indicator 2 will be ready in June and will be available online and in published format. For more information about the Guidance, please see this update.


The Stockholm Civil Society Days (SCSD) –  co-organized by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and CONCORD Sweden – took place in Stockholm on 20-22 September. The focus of this year’s SCSD was on the theme of shrinking civic space. The Task Team organized the session
Switching Gears: Imagine you are someone else!Shift positions between CSO, donor and partner country government representative, on Friday 22 September.




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.


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 8-9 November in Brussels.

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.