Civil Society Partnership Review

DFID is undertaking a Civil Society Partnership Review between July and November 2015, to ensure we are structuring and conducting our civil society partnerships most effectively.



Update - 15 January 2016

Before Christmas, the Secretary of State wrote to civil society organisations (CSOs) providing an update on the Civil Society Partnership Review (CSPR). Six months since the Secretary of State launched the CSPR, it is now in its final stages. A lot of progress has already been made and we’d like to thank everyone who took the time to give their feedback, opinions, evidence and ideas.

The CSPR highlighted that in the last financial year, about a quarter of DFID’s bilateral aid budget was spent through CSOs. This illustrates the importance of the CSPR and of the Secretary of State’s commitment for the CSPR to create a more strategic, efficient and deeper relationship with civil society, so that we can deliver even more for the world’s poorest.

The Secretary of State is now considering the CSPR analysis and findings alongside the emerging findings of the bilateral and multilateral aid reviews that are currently taking place in DFID, and within the framework set by the UK Aid Strategy. The outcomes of the CSPR will be announced alongside the outcomes of the other reviews when they are complete.

Update - 14 September 2015

We’ve now had five weeks of online engagement focusing on the five lines of enquiry of the CSPR. We’ve had hundreds of people taking part each week in Twitterchats, taking surveys and responding to the blogs. A big thank you to everyone for engaging and giving us your views, feedback and thoughts regarding the Review so far! We’re now going to assess all this information and evidence that we now have. We’ll then start to discuss the outcomes of this analysis in group discussions and continue the online engagement with you all in October. Please keep taking the surveys (they are open for three weeks after publication) and responding to the blogs with your comments and views.

We’re also in the process of arranging group meetings for the CSPR. We’re co-hosting several events with CSO networks, so if you’re a member of Bond, Cymru Africa Hub or NIDOS please get in touch with them for information about those meetings and how to feed in or attend. We’ll also be hosting an event in DFID in mid-October (date to be determined), and if you would like to register an interest in attending that please email with your name, position, organisation and email address. Due to space constraints we can only accommodate one person from each organisation, and due to expected high demand, not all that express an interest will be able to attend.


We want to ensure that we make the best contribution towards ending extreme poverty in all its forms, through sustainable development and putting in place the building blocks of lasting prosperity. To this end, DFID is undertaking a suite of strategic reviews, including the Civil Society Partnership Review (CSPR).

Working with CSOs forms an integral part of DFID’s approach to reducing poverty, including in meeting the priorities of putting girls and women at the heart of everything we do; supporting sustainable and inclusive economic growth and jobs; building resilience and responding to emergencies; tackling and mitigating the effects of climate change; and ensuring that all interventions ‘leave no one behind’.

The CSPR will define DFID’s future objectives, approach and instruments for our partnerships with civil society. It will consider how the changing international development landscape is shaping civil society and explore how DFID and the UK government can structure and conduct its civil society partnerships most effectively.

Please do not submit written submissions concerning the Lines of Enquiry to the Review team, as we cannot commit to reviewing these. For this reason, it is essential to engage online through the blogs and the surveys that will be embedded within them.

Please follow @DFID_Inclusive on Twitter and use #DFIDCSPR to engage with the review.

Published 17 July 2015
Last updated 15 January 2016 + show all updates
  1. January 2016 update added

  2. 14 September 2015 update on progress added to detail section.

  3. Revised FAQs document

  4. Lines of enquiry added

  5. contact email address corrected

  6. First published.