INCLUDE Platform

Political role of civil society organizations for inclusive development

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, NWO-WOTRO Science for Global development, and INCLUDE have joined forces for the research programme ‘Supporting the political role of CSOs for inclusive development; Assumptions underlying Dialogue & Dissent’ (hereafter called the ‘Assumptions Programme’). The Assumptions Programme investigates the assumptions, solutions and problems underlying the civil society policy framework ‘Dialogue & Dissent. The programme will look at if and how the assumptions underlying the theory of change on which the framework is based will play out in the power and stakeholder context in which civil society organizations (CSOs) operate. The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs will use the knowledge generated in the ongoing learning agenda with its partners in the current Dialogue & Dissent framework (2016–2020) and as input to the design of the next civil society policy framework from 2019 onwards.

Six research groups, which have been granted funding by NWO-WOTRO, will investigate the position of CSOs around the three core themes: the political role of CSOs in low and lower-middle income countries (LLMICs); the aid chain; and civic space under pressure. Four projects will be conducted in Africa (three in Kenya, one in Ethiopia), one in Ukraine and one in India. The different studies will contribute to the evidence-base of the policy framework Dialogue & Dissent and the support of CSOs.

During the 18 months that the projects will be conducted, INCLUDE will organize workshops and other knowledge sharing activities that bring together researchers and other stakeholders. This will make the generated knowledge available and accessible to possible (end-)users.

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