Ecorys supports ICAI in reviewing DFID’s performance on partnerships with civil society organisations

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In response to what it calls “worrying global trends of greater restrictions, intimidation and violence against civic actors”, the Department for International Development’s (DFID) has committed to scale up support for a healthy, free civil society that can champion anti-corruption, transparency and promote debate.

As part of the supplier consortium to the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI), Ecorys have been involved in conducting a performance review to assess the extent to which the Department for International Development’s (DFID) funding, and the influencing work of DFID and other departments, are achieving DFID’s objectives for its work with Civil Society Organisations (CSOs).

The review will assess the relevance, effectiveness and learning processes surrounding DFID’s relationship with and funding of civil society since the commissioning of the Civil Society Partnerships Review in May 2015.

The scope of the review includes central, in-country and multilateral methods of funding (including both grants and contracts), as well as DFID’s work to help build the capacity of CSOs to deliver. The review will also assess the efforts of DFID and other UK government departments in DFID’s priority countries to maintain and expand these countries’ civic space.

Through a combination of a strategic review, learning review, assessments of individual grants and funds, as well as two country case studies, this review will answer the following review questions:

  • How well does DFID’s approach to partnership with CSOs reflect DFID’s CSO objectives and priorities?

  • How well does DFID’s funding for CSOs and related influencing work contribute to better development results and a more effective civil society sector?

  • How well does DFID promote learning in its partnerships with CSOs?

The review will be conducted over a period of approximately ten months with the final report to be published in March 2019.

You can read the approach paper of the review here

For more information please contact Olivia Geymond