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1 The Danish Civil Society Strategy – reflecting past experience while embracing new approaches? 16 June 2009 Lars Udsholt

2 Presentation structure Danish Strategy for Support to Civil Society - Past experience Update process 9 strategic goals Dilemmas

3 DK Strategy for support to Civil Society – Past experience Update of 2000 strategy – Partnerships – Capacity building + advocacy – Service delivery not an end in itself Not a new strategy – Satisfaction with existing framework – Anxiety about policy environment – Complacency?

4 Update process State auditors’ report Consultations with DK NGOs South Panel Like-minded donors Fragile states Operational modalities

5 The basic approach maintained Civil society State Private sector

6 DK Strategy for support to Civil Society – Nine Strategic Goals Vibrant and open debate 2. Representative, legitimate and locally based civil society 3. Capacity development, advocacy work and networking opportunities 4. Focus on rights: international conventions 5. Flexible and relevant interventions in fragile states and situations

7 DK Strategy for support to Civil Society – Nine Strategic Goals Civil society support in Danish bilateral and multilateral assistance 7. Involvement of Danish civil society organisations in development assistance 8. Collaboration with other stakeholders: businesses, media, political parties, other donors 9. Goals and results: focus + communication

8 A government document Consensus Policy tenets can be feasibly implemented Managing budget lines Yet: new initiatives

9 What’s new – and what’s not Rights Fragile states Goals Conceptual framework CS diversity Aid contextualised

10 Drivers of change? Experience Aid environment: AAA Media campaigns + domestic policy agendas  Lack of an alternative CS policy agenda

11 AAA: CSO references – 1 broaden country-level policy dialogue – 13. Developing country governments will work more closely with parliaments and local authorities in preparing, implementing and monitoring national development policies and plans. They will also engage with civil society organisations (CSOs). – 13. Donors will support efforts to increase the capacity of all development actors—parliaments, central and local governments, CSOs, research institutes, media and the private sector—to take an active role in dialogue on development policy and on the role of aid in contributing to countries’ development objectives.

12 AAA: CSO references – 2 Building More Effective and Inclusive Partnerships for Development – 16. Aid is about building partnerships for development. Such partnerships are most effective when they fully harness the energy, skills and experience of all development actors—bilateral and multilateral donors, global funds, CSOs, and the private sector. To support developing countries’ efforts to build for the future, we resolve to create partnerships that will include all these actors.

13 AAA: CSO references – 3 We will deepen our engagement with civil society organisations – 20. We will deepen our engagement with CSOs as independent development actors in their own right whose efforts complement those of governments and the private sector. We share an interest in ensuring that CSO contributions to development reach their full potential. To this end:

14 AAA: CSO references – 4 a)We invite CSOs to reflect on how they can apply the Paris principles of aid effectiveness from a CSO perspective. b) We welcome the CSOs’ proposal to engage with them in a CSO-led multi-stakeholder process to promote CSO development effectiveness. As part of that process, we will seek to i) improve co-ordination of CSO efforts with government programmes, ii) enhance CSO accountability for results, and iii) improve information on CSO activities. c) We will work with CSOs to provide an enabling environment that maximises their contributions to development.


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