Civil society organisations are critical for development. They critique development choices, provide a voice for marginalised sectors of society, build the capacity of people and organisations and provide important research and evidence. Where civil society participates in development decisions, outcomes are more responsive and accountable.
The Foundation supports civil society so that it can engage in policy processes more effectively. This means supporting organisation to develop, articulate and progress an agenda and then to identify and utilize the spaces available in governance structures – such as ministerial meetings, high level working groups and summits - to get its message across.
To enhance the potential for progressive partnerships, legitimacy and accountability, the Foundation will work with regional civil society organisations Commonwealth regions and will support the efforts of regional civil society organisations to set regional priorities, articulate their collective issues, improve communication between regional organisations and their constituents, find solutions to address them and creates spaces/opportunities to interact and share solutions with each other.
A strong West African civil society will contribute meaningfully to the successful design and implementation of development policies. However, CSOs in West Africa are operating with serious challenges, some of which include, low capacity to carry out their mandate fully, the lack of recognition and respect from governments and the unavailability of financial resources to […]