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Enabling rules for advocacy in Kenya

Catalysing development: towards enabling rules for advocacy in Kenya

Lead by Dr Willem Elbers, African Studies Centre Leiden

About the research group

The chain of funding for civil society aid, which flows from the North to South (from institutional donor to international civil society organizations [CSO] to local CSO), comes with policy priorities and requirements. How this aid chain is organized (i.e. its institutional design) shapes the way development work is undertaken. The research project ‘Catalysing development: towards enabling rules for advocacy in Kenya’ conceptualizes the institutional design of aid chains as consisting of interrelated ‘rules’ regulating, for example, who is in and who is out, roles and responsibilities, decision making, and information sharing. The study clarifies how the civil society aid chain influences the ability of CSOs to engage in various types of advocacy for inclusive development. The research will employ a comparative analysis of the institutional design of the Strategic Partnership (SP) and Accountability Fund (AF) – two main lobby and advocacy instruments of the Dutch government.

Consortium
  • African Studies Centre Leiden
  • Institute for Development Studies of the University of Nairobi
  • Centre for International Development Issues Nijmegen in cooperation with Hivos
Main question
  • How does the institutional design of the aid chain shape the ability of civil society organizations in Kenya to engage in various types of advocacy for inclusive development?
Country focus
  • Kenya