The ‘Assumptions programme’, better known as ‘New Roles of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) for Inclusive Development‘, ran from 2018 – 2020 and investigated the assumptions of the Theory of Change underlying the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ civil society policy framework ‘Dialogue & Dissent’. Though the NWO-WOTRO funded programme’s official trajectory may have ended, the findings from the individual projects within the programme remain relevant and provide a basis for further research that is forthcoming.

This research update lists some of the scientific papers that build on the New Roles of CSOs for Inclusive Development projects’ work:

 

2020 published research papers

Associated research project: Civil society against corruption in Ukraine
By M Bader, O Huss, A Meleshevych & O Nesterenko. Drawing on a comprehensive study of anti-corruption activism in the regions of Ukraine, this article asks how these insights relate to anti-corruption activism in the regions of Ukraine.

Associated research poject: Civil society advocacy collaborations in India
By B Rajeshwari, N Deo, M van Wessel. This article highlghts that informal processes lay a foundation for capacity development; redefines the relationship between autonomy and capacity development; tensions between capacity development and autonomy can be addressed in program design; building autonomous identity and actions is a long process needing long-term support.

Associated research poject: Civil society advocacy collaborations in India
By Margit van Wessel, F Naz and S Sahoo. The article considers the implications for understanding complementarity in broader CSO collaborations.

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