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 .


June 2018 Task Team meeting

The Task Team held its latest meeting on 13-14 June in Copenhagen. The meeting was generously hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark. The Task Team’s 2018-2021 strategy was at the core of the meeting and conversations were held amongst others on Task Team engagement with the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation and the Sustainable Development Goals, as well as how the Task Team can engage at country-level.

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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