Six projects on assumptions underlying civil society framework

1 December 2017

Six projects have been granted under the research programme ‘Supporting the political role of CSOs for inclusive development; Assumptions underlying Dialogue and Dissent’. This research programme aims to strengthen the evidence-base of the core assumptions of the Theory of Change (ToC) underlying the new civil society policy framework ‘Dialogue and Dissent’ (D&D) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The INCLUDE knowledge platform has been commissioned to design and organise knowledge brokering activities.

The research programme will look at if and how the assumptions underlying the ToC will play out in the power and stakeholder context in which Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) operate. The Dialogue & Dissent framework comprises five main support instruments (Strategic Partnerships; Accountability Fund; Voice; Leading from the South; and Defending Political Space). Within the general research focus, three sub-themes will be addressed:

  • Civic Space Under Pressure;
  • the Aid Chain, and;
  • Roles of CSOs in Low and Lower Middle Income Countries (LLMICs).

The Programme Committee selected six research proposals in October 2017, spread over the three sub-themes. Four projects will be conducted in Africa (three in Kenya, one in Ethiopia), one in the Ukraine and one in India. Starting in December 2017, the research projects will have a maximum duration of 18 months and consist of two related parts: a literature review (max 3 months ) followed by empirical research (max 15 months).

Granted projects

Knowledge brokering activities

The knowledge platform INCLUDE will be engaged to lead a knowledge brokering trajectory. INCLUDE brings together researchers from African countries and the Netherlands to work with the private sector, NGOs and governments to exchange knowledge and ideas on how to achieve better research-policy linkages on inclusive development in Africa and beyond.

Source: NWO