All resourcesCSO Development effectiveness & enabling environment
The main tools developed by the Task Team are the Guidance & Good Practice and the Online Interactive Guidance. These tools are designed to build awareness on the need to engage civil society organizations (CSOs) in development processes. All other resources from the Task Team Studies, Events and Workshops are also published under resources.
- 2016 ICSW concept note
- 2016 MSI Studies Extended Summary
- 2016 MSI Studies Policy Summary
- 2016 Studies Published article – ‘Ownership dynamics in locals MSIs’
- 2018 Task Team Full Literature Review
- 2018 Task Team Literature Review Summary
- 2020 Studies Synthesis Report – 4-part framework findings
- 2020 Studies Synthesis Report – Main Messages
- 2020 Task Team Studies Synthesis Report
- Extended Summary
- Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives for Sustainable Development Goals: The Importance of Interlocutors
- Ownership dynamics in local multi-stakeholder initiatives
- Policy Summary
- Volume I – Synthesis Report | Country Ownership – Building from Within
- Volume II – Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) as a Multi-stakeholder Initiative | Making Local Ownership Real
- Volume III – Country Comparison and Reports | Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives and Contextual Conditions
Research Studies – CSO participation in the SDGs
The 2030 Agenda recognizes that the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can only be successful with strong global partnerships and cooperation. Civil society organizations (CSOs), due to their direct connection with poor, vulnerable and marginalized communities, are recognized as key partners in the successful implementation and monitoring of the SDGs. In the face of this increasingly urgent agenda, the Task Team on CSO Development Effectiveness and Enabling Environment commissioned a research study with the following research question: “What factors in a country’s environment help or hinder effective CSO participation in SDG-related processes and how is this practically felt/experienced?”
The study was undertaken by the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), a renowned higher education and research institute of social science that is part of Erasmus University Rotterdam, under the leadership of the principle researchers Professors Kees Biekart and Alan Fowler. The report synthesizes evidence from 21 case studies in six countries, selected because of differences in their freedom or ‘space’ available for CSOs. The countries are: Costa Rica, Ghana, Hungary, Lao PDR, Nepal & Tanzania.
The research design applied an ‘SDG’ lens as the empirical way to find out about CSO experiences when facing different degrees of constraint.
2016 Multi-stakeholder Initiatives Study
The Task Team sees value in commissioning studies that may guide or inform its work. The 2016 Comparative Studies on Multi-stakeholder Initiatives (MSI study) examined what makes multi-stakeholder initiatives (MSIs) work well and why. It involved research in 4 countries and resulted a report (comprising 4 volumes), a Policy Summary and two academic articles.