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.