Have your say! Contribute to EU policy on Civil Society Organisations in development cooperation

The European Commission is seeking the views of Civil Society Organisations (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.
CSOs are increasingly recognised 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) will undertake 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 are 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 are therefore invited to take part in the consultation, with the EC particularly seeking contributions from local CSOs in partner countries.
Contributions must be sent before 7 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. (ENPI Info Centre)
Read more
Press release and details of how you can take part in the consultation
EuropeAid website
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