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The DFID Civil Society Partnership Review team is using five lines of enquiry to structure its engagement.

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Civil Society Partnership Review

The Department for International Development (DFID) has undertook a Civil Society Partnership Review (CSPR) between July 2015 and early 2016. That review has now been published.

The review emphasises DFID's view that a healthy, vibrant and effective civil society is a crucial part of Britain’s soft power and leadership around the world. The review also welcomes partnership with civil society organisations (CSOs) for their expertise, skills and experience.

Read Bond's highlights from the review and read the full report on DFID's website.

The review comes at a time when NGOs are already considering the future of civil society through Bond’s Fast Forward report.

Get more information on DFID's process below.

The phases of DFID's review process

DFID will be focusing the review on five lines of enquiry over three phases:

Phase 1 (July-September 2015): Stakeholder outreach and contextual analysis is now complete.

Phase 2 (October 2015):  Conducting a series of stakeholder meetings and discussions.

Phase 3 (November- 2016): Now underway, a consolidation of analysis and evidence and the final recommendations.

It was important that the diversity of the Bond membership and the unique role and value of NGOs was captured in this review. Bond strongly encouraged all its members to put forward the case for NGOs and join the conversation as DFID considers its strategy and on-going partnership with civil society. Below is a timeline of outputs, submissions and conversations during #DFIDCSPR.

Phase 3

DFID are now reviewing the blog post comments, survey answers, Twitter chat conversations, and written submissions. They are considering policy options and choices and there will be an announcement on the review outcome in 2016, which is likely to focus on three strands: what DFID strategy is; how DFID can engage better with CSOs; and how they fund organisations. 

Phase 2

Bond faciliated two stakeholder meetings for DFID. The first meeting was with the chairs of Bond groups. The second meeting, which was with a cross-section of Bond members, is summarised in Sarah Mistry's article: #DFIDCSPR: 7 things you need to know.

Read update

Phase 1

Bond and DFID ran a series of Twitter chats on five themes with a wide range of Bond members, civil society and experts from around the world. Bond also submitted recommendations from Bond members and stakeholders to DFID as a fomal submission.

View submission

With over 4,000 total tweets, our five Twitter chats have been fascinating discussions around the issues. Our hashtag #DFIDCSPR trended in the UK.

We condensed each of the conversations into a Storify.

Week one, effective civil society, 13 Aug 2015

How DFID can support CSOs to become more resilient, flexible and sustainable? How can DFID contribute to strengthening CSO effectiveness, capacity and leadership in lower and middle income countries? How can we support the changing relationship between Northern and Southern organisations? How can DFID most effectively contribute to securing and promoting space for an active civil society and creating open societies where CSOs can operate most effectively and freely?

 

Week two, effective knowledge and influence, 20 Aug 2015

A boy learns mathematics

How DFID and civil society could work together better to develop, share and apply policy and programme evidence and learning. How can DFID and civil society collaborate more effectively on global influence for sustainable development? UK public support for development is crucial. How could DFID and civil society deepen public understanding of and support for international development?

 

Week three, effective collaboration and partnerships, 27 Aug 2015

Group of farmers planting rice seedlings together in Thailand

Why DFID should support a more diverse range of CSOs and how it can do this most effectively. Partnerships and collaboration are essential in DFID's work to reduce poverty. How can it encourage civil society to explore new and more diverse partnerships, including NGOs, social movements, private sector organisations, philanthropists and foundations.

 

Week four, effective approaches, 3 Sep 2015

What type and quality of funding instruments and partnership approaches are most effective for DFID and CSOs in meeting common objectives and why? How could these be improved?

 

Week five, effective relationships and engagement, 10 Sep 2015

Exploring current relationship and engagement with DFID. How are CSOs involved in programme and policy discussions? How regularly and in what format do CSOs engage with DFID staff and Ministers? Is there anything DFID could do to make the relationship more complementary, efficient and effective? How could this be done in a way that maximises the value that DFID and CSOs add?

 

Announcement of the review

UK Secretary of State for International Development, Justine Greening, announced the review in a keynote speech at a Bond and ODI event on Thursday 2 July 2015.

In a wide-ranging speech she also announced an extension of DFID's Programme Partnership Arrangements (PPAs) and existing strategic funding arrangements by nine months to help manage the transition.

Read the Secretary of State's full speech.