DFID review of civil society support launched

DFID has published the results of its Civil Society Partnership Review, which lays out a new strategic approach to partnership with and funding for civil society organisations.

The review sets out a new system of central funding for civil society organisations:

UK Aid Match - a scheme that match-funds public donations to charity appeals for projects to reduce poverty in developing countries.

UK Aid Direct - providing grants to small and medium-sized civil society organisations, primarily for work to directly tackle poverty.

UK Aid Connect - a new partnership approach that will allow civil society organisations to work collaboratively, bringing together knowledge, practice and expertise. A call for proposals is expected to be launched in March 2017.

UK Aid Volunteers – which includes a commitment to triple in size the International Citizen Service (ICS) youth volunteering scheme and provide opportunities for new partnerships with volunteering agencies.

Farah Nazeer, director of policy and campaigns at Bond, the UK membership body for international development organisations, broadly welcomed the review.

She told Third Sector: "It helps us understanding how DfID will approach civil society and partnerships with civil society organisations. This helps set out what that partnership might look like going forward.

"It also helps us to understand the broader political priorities, which have been in limbo for a bit. It is good to see that there’s still a focus on ending poverty and on anti-slavery and nutrition, for example."

However, concerns were raised on Devex that the review signals the end of strategic support to the UK international NGO community in the form of any source of flexible or core support.

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