The objective of this evaluation was to Understand how the CSCF has contributed to improved capacity of southern civil society to engage in local and national decision making processes.
The Civil Society Challenge Fund (CSCF) continues to be relevant to the local context of Southern civil society organisations (CSOs) by supporting civil society to empower poor and marginalised people to increase their voice in decisions that affect their lives. In addition to widespread evidence of civil society engagement in policy dialogue and development, a large number of projects contributed to the adoption of policies likely to bring lasting benefits for poor, vulnerable people by influencing the policy, professional and normative frameworks relevant to their targeted populations. This was often achieved through a wide range of formal and informal capacity development approaches. The evaluation found many positive examples of projects benefiting very diverse groups of poor and marginalised people although it is difficult to provide reliable, disaggregated data on beneficiaries at portfolio level.