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Consultation on the future EU policy on "Civil Society Organisations in development cooperation"

The consultation is now closed.

The European Commission has sought the views of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and other stakeholders on the future policy of the EU with regard to support to CSOs in partner countries in the field of development cooperation. This policy will be announced later in 2012.

An executive summary pdf - 495 KB [495 KB] , a full report pdf - 2 MB [2 MB] and annexes pdf - 971 KB [971 KB] of the online consultation have been published.

CSOs are increasingly recognized as key players in promoting democratic governance, equitable development and inclusive growth. However, in many countries they also face increasing challenges relating to the restricting legal and political space in which they operate.

In the context of the preparation for this policy, the Directorate-General for Development and Cooperation – EuropeAid (DG DEVCO) undertook stakeholder consultations.

The purpose of this online consultation is to gather views and good practices in relation to the key themes of the consultation paper. These themes were the following:

  • CSOs and development effectiveness principles; 
  • challenges related to a shrinking legal and regulatory space for CSO action; 
  • promoting the participation of CSOs in public policy processes and in domestic accountability; 
  • enhancing CSO internal capacity; 
  • CSO internal governance and accountability; 
  • towards a consistent EU engagement with local CSOs at country level; 
  • 'new areas for reflection'.

CSOs and other stakeholders were invited to respond to the questions in this consultation paper. We are particularly seeking contributions from local CSOs in partner countries.

As your views are important for us, please send your contribution in English, French or Spanish to 

The deadline for the contributions was the 7th of May 2012.

The contributions will be analysed and summarised in a report that will be published on the website of DG DEVCO by end of July 2012.

Download the Word form with consultation paper msw8 - 980 KB [980 KB] español (es) français (fr)

Last update: 25/10/2012 | Top