Two new projects on assumptions underlying civil society framework

11 January 2019

Two new projects have recently started in the research programme ‘Supporting new roles 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.

Projects in this programme focus on one of three core themes of the framework’s Theory of Change, namely ‘Roles of CSOs in LLMICs’, ‘The Aid Chain’ and ‘Civic Space under Pressure’. The two new projects cover the last theme, and deal specifically with the role of non-state actors in strengthening or obstructing civic space.

The projects have started in the beginning of December and will finish by the end of August 2019. They build a geographically comparative angle into the programme, comparing roles of non-state actors in Bangladesh, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Palestine.

Granted projects

  • Adjust, resist or disband? The effect of political repression on civil society organizations in Bangladesh and Zambia
    Dr L. Fransen (University of Amsterdam, with Peace Research Institute Oslo, Aureolin Research Consultancy and Expertise Development Foundation, Southern African Institute for Policy and Research)
    Focus countries: Bangladesh, Zambia
  • Examining the impact of non-state actors on civic space
    Mr Cathal Gilbert (CIVICUS, with Odhikar, Palestinian NGO Network, Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum)
    Focus countries: Zimbabwe, Palestine, Bangladesh

Source: NWO