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DAC Recommendation on Enabling Civil Society in Development Co-operation and Humanitarian Assistance 

In July 2021 the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released the DAC Recommendation on Enabling Civil Society in Development Co-operation and Humanitarian Assistance. This is a ground-breaking policy instrument that has not received much attention so far.  

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The Recommendation sets out a practical guide, endorsed by the world’s major donor countries, for how to enable civil society in development cooperation and humanitarian assistance – providing principles and guidance that donor governments, partner governments, civil society, and other stakeholders can use to remove constraints on civil society and build an enabling environment for the exercise of civic freedoms. 

As such, it creates huge opportunities to be an ambitious and far-reaching tool for CSOs’ advocacy and dialogue on these issues in both donor and partner countries.  CSOs can play crucial roles in promoting its full implementation, pushing for change and holding donors to account for major reforms that align their policies and practices with a fully enabled civil society. 

Partos is committed to bring the Recommendation under the attention of our members and their partners and promote its use, while at the same time using it as a guide in our own Partos working groups and learning trajectories.  

DAC Recommendation News

  • Please fill in the survey regarding the DAC Recommendation on Enabling Civil Society

For now we kindly request you to fill in an important survey regarding the DAC Recommendation. CSO platforms in donor countries and INGOs have engaged over the years on many of the issues raised by this Recommendation.  We are hoping you can take the time to complete the survey by Friday May 26th, or earlier if possible.  I encourage you to do so whether or not  your organization might have had a substantial engagement with the Recommendation since its adoption in July 2021.  We are after a wide range of views and levels of engagement. 

The purpose of the survey is to inform the CSO delegation and donors at the DAC for an important CSO dialogue on June 20th with the DAC Community of Practice on Civil Society, which is the donor body responsible for promoting the implementation of this Recommendation.   Our aim at this point is not so much an assessment of progress to date, but rather to promote maximum implementation of the many commitments to an enabling civil society environment in the Recommendation. 


  • 2023 Edition of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) Civil Society Days (CSDs)

The OECD DCD Foresight, Outreach and Policy Reform Unit is organising the 2023 edition of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) Civil Society Days (CSDs).

Find the agenda for the Roundtable (19 June, 14:30-18:00 followed by cocktail) and the Technical Workshops (20 June, 9:30-18:00) here. These sessions will bring a wide range of stakeholders such as CSOs, DAC Delegates and non-DAC OECD members, partner country governments, multilateral institutions, other providers, think tanks, and academia. Please note we will be sharing annotated agendas for each of the CSDs sessions soon.

To register for in-person presence, we would be grateful if you could register through this link by 31 May. This information will allow us to register you for accessing the OECD premises. You will then receive an access code to enter the OECD two days prior to the event. Please note you will have to show your passport or identity card to enter the OECD premises. You will find enclosed a note with general information and logistical details for in person participation.

Should you prefer to join virtually, you can register through Zoom for the Roundtable and for the Technical Workshops (plenary room and the parallel workshops) by 31 May. Please see the agenda for further details on the timings of the parallel workshops.

Please feel free  to contact Jacqueline Wood (, Carla Musi (, or Najat Lachal ( if you have any questions.


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