Fostering an enabling environment for civil society contribution to global development
Civil society organizations (CSOs) play a significant role in international development cooperation. Engagement with civil society is critical to national ownership of development processes, democratic governance, and the quality and relevance of official development programmes. According to UNDP, civil society actors at national and global level have developed different competences and influence in a range of development issues. Partnering of development actors with national CSOs can help contribute to the effectiveness of all development interventions no matter the region, especially with respect to providing voice to the communities, data collection, monitoring and evaluation. CSOs often serve as agents of accountability and service delivery that can also lead to success of the interventions.