UNDP and civil society organisations: a toolkit for strengthening partnerships

UNDP and civil society organisations: a toolkit for strengthening partnerships

Tools for organisational collaboration

This toolkit is aimed at providing practical guidance and essential information in forging partnerships with civil society organisations (CSOs). Targeted at UNDP staff, but widely applicable,it includes examples of innovative country-level mechanisms to build and strengthen collaboration with CSOs.

Starting by clearly defining CSOs and their various roles and functions, the guide presents a methodology for mapping CSOs, aimed at assessing the strengths and weaknesses of those working in a particular sector and identifying previously unknown civil society actors.

Other aspects touched upon include:

  • operational information on working with CSOs - outlining policies guiding implementation, contracts, grant making and partnership agreements
  • methodologies used by some country offices to set up national civil society advisory committees
  • mechanisms for peer-to-peer community learning - including a model agreement to establish an exchange between communities.

The guide also contains a list of select CSO resources in areas such as NGO legislation, training, and assessments. It also includes links to UNDP policies and procedures that guide engagement with CSOs.

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