Guidance and Good PracticeOn CSO Development effectiveness
and enabling environment
Developed as a tool for awareness raising, the Guidance aims to
contribute to a broader understanding of the commitments on the CSO
enabling environment and CSO development effectiveness. It explains
what the commitments entail, while indicating key areas of good
practice. A variety of examples from both the global and the country level
- 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
- 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
Study – CSO participation in the SDGs
The Task Team sees value in commissioning studies that are of relevance and interest to the Task Team and that can help advance its endeavours. The studies can serve as guidance for the Task Team in its work; demonstrate the importance of the subject matter the Task Team works on and provide an evidence base.
Study on effective CSO participation in SDG-related processes
Following the successful completion of the Multi-stakeholder Initiatives Study (insert link) in 2016, in 2018 the Task Team commissioned a literature view to inform debate within the Task Team on knowledge needs and gaps. Drawing from this literature review, the Task Team commissioned a second round of studies.
Research question and study objectives
Based on the initial literature review, as well as an inclusive survey completed by Task Team participants, the following overarching research question has been identified:
- “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 will be designed to achieve the following objectives:
- Provide sound empirical information on the relationship between an enabling environment and civil society effectiveness as the Task Team’s distinctive contribution to realizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
- Connecting the study outputs to inform policy outputs and events in 2019.
The studies will involve research in 6 countries across a varied scale in terms of civic space, degree of institutionalization of the SDGs, and geographic scope. The countries included are: Ghana, Tanzania, Hungary, Nepal, Lao People’s Democratic Republic and Costa Rica. The studies will be conducted under the guidance of Alan Fowler (emeritus professor at ISS) and Kees Biekart (Associate Professor at ISS).
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.