Civil Society

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A Guide to Civil Society Organizations Working on Democratic Governance

This guide "A Guide to Civil Society Organizations Working on Democratic Governance" (2005) offers a snapshot of more than 300 civil society organizations (CSOs) working on democratic governance at the global and regional levels. It provides information on CSOs across UNDP’s seven more

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A Users’ Guide to Civil Society Assessments

A Users’ Guide to Civil Society Assessments (2010) responds to the growing demand not only from donors, governments and development practitioners but also from a range of civil society organizations (CSOs) to evaluate their performance and capacity to deliver results, and to be accountable to their more

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Civil Society Engagement in PSIA Processes: A Review

Civil Society Engagement in PSIA Processes: A Review (2007), a study commissioned by UNDP and prepared by the Overseas Development Institute, calls for broader national participation in Poverty and Social Impact Analysis (PSIA) processes. The paper draws on a review of the international literature more

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Civil Society Perspectives on the MDGs

This document from 2004 is a collection of essays from civil society actors on the implication of the MDGs on their work. Topics include the intersection of the MDGs and the women's movement, WTO rules, poverty and the environment, and indigenous peoples. more

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Civil Society and UNDP in Sri Lanka: Partnerships in Crisis Situation

Civil Society and UNDP in Sri Lanka: Partnerships in Crisis Situation (2007) documents the ways in which civil society actors, especially at the community level, emerged as significant partners in crisis response and recovery following the Ceasefire Agreement and the tsunami in Sri Lanka. The more

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Donors' Civil Society Strategies and Partnership Modalities

The Donors’ Civil Society Strategies and Partnership Modalities Resource Guide (2012) is intended as a brief, internal, user-friendly guide, introducing key civil society strategies of major donors, looking in particular at donors’ definitions of civil society; donors’ approaches for supporting more

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Elements for Successful CSO Law Reform Initiatives

In recent years, much attention has been given to the regulatory backlash against civil society – that is, the use of law to constrain civic space and impede the important work in which civil society organizations (CSOs) are engaged. Successful efforts to improve the legal environment for civil more

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Engaging with the Urban Poor and their Organizations for Poverty Reduction and Urban Governance

There is a hugely important poverty reduction process in urban areas that is rarely noticed by international agencies and hardly ever documented – the successes of particular urban poor groups in what they do and in how they negotiate change in their relationship with local government agencies. Of more

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Fast Facts: UNDP and Civil Society

UNDP works with civil society organizations that demonstrate their commitment to internationally recognized human rights principles and accountability to their constituents. UNDP seeks to empower civil society to achieve both "downstream" local development results and "upstream" more

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Going Local to Achieve the Millennium Development Goals

Going Local to Achieve the Millennium Development Goals (2009) describes the experiences of SNV Netherlands Development Organisation and UNDP in supporting local efforts to achieve the MDGs, by promoting local ownership, understanding local needs and trends, and fostering collaboration between more

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Participatory Civil Society Assessments: Experiences from the Field

Participatory Civil Society Assessments: Experiences from the Field (2011) documents and analyzes the experiences of five UNDP Country Offices and civil society partners in Cyprus, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Mozambique, Viet Nam, and Uruguay, in implementing the CIVICUS Civil more

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Public Oversight of the Security Sector: A Handbook for Civil Society Organizations

The recent era of the ‘War on Terror’ has put at risk processes of democratization and the status of human rights in developing countries. Civil society should stay engaged to ensure that each nation’s security sector is a rights-respecting service working for security as a public good. This more

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Reflections on Social Accountability

The paper Reflections on Social Accountability (2013) captures diverse examples of initiatives in which social accountability principles and tools have been used to promote a two-way dialogue between citizens and the state, address social exclusion and increase citizen engagement in service more

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Results: Civil Society and Civic Engagement in the Arab States Region

The peoples’ movement that spread across North Africa and other parts of the Arab world in 2011 expressed a growing demand for government accountability, especially by the younger generation. It resulted in political transitions or reforms in half a dozen countries, affecting the lives of over 100 more

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Synthesis Report: Findings and Recommendations from a Seven Country Study of UN Engagement in Poverty Reduction and National Development Strategies

This Synthesis Report (2008) reviews the role of the United Nations Country Teams (UNCTs) in Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper  (PRSP) processes and, more broadly, in National Development Strategies (NDS). The central focus is on PRSPs. The paper draws on a set of seven country papers that were more

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The Future of Participatory Civil Society Assessments: A Conceptual Analysis

Building on the progress made in civil society assessments since 2000, there is a common understanding that the time is right for a next generation of assessment tools. These new tools will address important fundamental issues of philosophy, principle and methods. The Future of Participatory Civil more

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The Role of Civil Society Organizations in Millennium Development Goals-based National Development Strategies: Training Modules

This training course from 2007 provides guidance to UN Country Teams and their development partners on the key areas and entry points for working with civil society to design an MDG-based national development strategy. It is a tool to help engage civil society at each stage of the policy process - more

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The Role of Legal Reform in Supporting Civil Society: An Introductory Primer

The Role of Legal Reform in Supporting Civil Society: An Introductory Primer (2009) discusses the trends in legal and regulatory frameworks governing the establishment of civil society organizations, and their space and scope to function in public. This paper provides (1) an introductory overview more

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Towards a Peoples' Multilateralism: The UN, Development Networks and Civil Society

Towards a Peoples' Multilateralism: The UN, Development Networks and Civil Society (2009) aims to review and synthesize the main literature, arguments, theories and proposals coming from academia, civil society, politicians and commentators on the “new multilateralism” – a complex, multilayered more

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UNDP Country-Level Engagement with Civil Society: A Global Snapshot

UNDP Country-Level Engagement with Civil Society: A Global Snapshot  (2009) presents a overview of country-level engagement with civil society, and draws on responses from 102 Country Offices (72% of all offices) to a 2008 global survey that asked about present engagement. As such, the more

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UNDP Strategy on Civil Society and Civil Engagement

The purpose of the Strategy on Civil Society and Civic Engagement (2012) is to provide UNDP with a framework for both empowering and engaging with civil society. It seeks to focus on the need for reinvigorated efforts, as part of the agenda for organizational change, towards innovative more

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UNDP and Civil Society Organizations: A Policy of Engagement

UNDP and Civil Society Organization: A Policy of Engagement (2001) provides set of principles to guide UNDP engagement with CSOs, and highlights policy and programmatic implications. more

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UNDP and Civil Society Organizations: Partners in Development

The publication UNDP and Civil Society Organizations: Partners in Development (2003) documents good practices of UNDP/CSO partnerships working in various focus areas of UNDP such as Democratic Governance, HIV/AIDS, Poverty Reduction, Crisis Prevention and Recovery, Energy and Environment and more

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UNDP and Indigenous Peoples towards Effective Partnerships

Indigenous peoples’ rights have entered the mainstream human rights’ normative framework, as demonstrated by the recent adoption by the UN Human Rights Council of the Draft Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, numerous national legislation products recognizing collective indigenous more

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UNDP-CSO Partnerships for Conflict Prevention: Experiences from the Field

UNDP-CSO Partnerships for Conflict Prevention: Experiences from the Field (2005) is an initial inquiry into how CSOs and UNDP can engage more effectively in preventing violent conflict and sustaining peace. This publication serves to improve learning and practice in these areas by studying five more

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Voice and Accountability for Human Development

UNDP Corporate Strategy, Voice and Accountability for Human Development (2009) charts a course to revitalize the engagement of UNDP with civil society and its organizations. It seeks to bring about a fundamental shift in the relationship, geared towards recognizing the evolving nature and growing more

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Voice, Accountability and Civic Engagement: A Conceptual Overview

Voice, Accountability and Civic Engagement: A Conceptual Overview (2008) lays out recent shifts in the broad intellectual terrain around voice, accountability and civic engagement, with an emphasis on how this relates to the development field, and how it impacts on the positioning of UNDP more

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UNDP Engagement with Civil Society

UNDP focuses on investing in civil society and civic engagement; facilitating citizen action for democratic governance and development; and strengthening civic engagement for human development.


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Civil Society and Civic Engagement in the Asia-Pacific Region (UNDP, 2014)

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Civil Society and Civic Engagement in the Europe and the CIS Region (UNDP, 2014)

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UNDP and Civil Society (UNDP, 2013)  English

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Results: Civic Engagement in the Arab States Region (UNDP, 2013)

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