The UK Department for International Development (DFID) published the Civil Society Partnership Review (CSPR) earlier today, alongside the launch of the next UK Aid Direct funding round, which opens for applications on 14 November.
The CSPR defines DFID’s future objectives, approach and instruments for a partnership with civil society in order to deliver more to the world’s poorest.
The CSPR sets out how DFID will use its partnerships with civil society to support delivery of the UK Aid Strategy.
A healthy, vibrant and effective civil society sector is a crucial part of Britain’s soft power and leadership around the world. The Civil Society Partnership Review (CSPR), developed with extensive CSO engagement, considered DFID’s current civil society funding portfolio alongside the changing global context and civil society operating environment.
Factors that are driving fundamental changes in the international development sector include:
- a rise in the economic and political power of emerging countries
- rapid urbanisation
- demographic and climate change
- changing geographies of conflict and poverty and technology
These changes are having a profound and increasingly rapid impact on the CSO operating environment, and presenting new opportunities and challenges.
Taking account of these changes, the CSPR will lead to a relationship between DFID and civil society organisations (CSOs) that is fit for the future, more strategic and effective; with opportunities for a broad range of CSOs including those in developing countries, a focus on innovation, partnership and increasingly high standards on efficiency, transparency and accountability. This will ultimately deliver more for the world’s poorest and for British taxpayers.
In addition to publishing the review outcomes, funding rounds for two central DFID CSO programmes (UK Aid Match and UK Aid Direct) opened today.
Applications for funding from UK Aid Direct can be submitted from Monday 14 November via this website.
To find out more about how to apply for this funding round, visit the How to apply section of this website.