This strategic area focuses on the opportunities for engagement between CSOs and institutions in governance; putting civil society-government interaction into practice.

Participatory governance is about how the state, the market and Civil Society interact to effect change. These interactions involve the inclusion of Civil Society in decision-making processes, enabling citizens to exercise voice and vote, and engaging in policy formation among others.

Strengthening and mobilising Civil Society is at the heart of the Foundation’s mandate. The participation of CSOs in government development projects and programmes can enhance their operational performance by promoting relevance to needs, contributing local knowledge, providing technical expertise, and leveraging social capital. Further, CSOs can bring innovative ideas and solutions, as well as participatory approaches, to solving local problems.

In keeping with its mandate and optimising its convening advantage, the Foundation is working to enable CSOs to contribute meaningfully to participatory governance and in doing so, contribute to improving development outcomes.