Policy paper

DFID Civil Society Partnership Review

The Civil Society Partnership Review defines DFID’s future objectives, approach and instruments for a partnership with civil society in order to deliver more for the world’s poorest.


Civil Society Partnership Review


The Civil Society Partnership Review sets out how DFID will use its partnerships with civil society to support delivery of the UK Aid Strategy.

A healthy, vibrant and effective civil society sector is a crucial part of Britain’s soft power and leadership around the world. The UK Government will give them our strongest support. The Civil Society Partnership Review (CSPR), developed with extensive CSO engagement, considered DFID’s current civil society funding portfolio alongside the changing global context and civil society operating environment.

Factors that are driving fundamental changes in the international development sector include:

  • a rise in the economic and political power of emerging countries
  • rapid urbanisation
  • demographic and climate change
  • changing geographies of conflict and poverty and technology

These changes are having a profound and increasingly rapid impact on the CSO operating environment, and presenting new opportunities and challenges.

Taking account of these changes, the CSPR will lead to a relationship between DFID and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) that is fit for the future, more strategic and effective; with opportunities for a broad range of CSOs including those in developing countries, a focus on innovation, partnership and increasingly high standards on efficiency, transparency and accountability. This will ultimately deliver more for the world’s poorest and for British taxpayers.

In addition to publishing the review outcomes, funding rounds for two central DFID CSO programmes (UK Aid Match and UK Aid Direct) opened today.

Comments and questions about the review can be sent to cspr@dfid.gov.uk. On 22 November DFID will hold an event to enable CSOs to engage with DFID on the outcome of the CSPR and discuss its implications. More details will follow. This will be followed by events in Scotland and Wales.

Published 4 November 2016