Understanding Civil Society Organisations and Building Capability to Do Pro-Poor Policy Work

Leadership for Change

The leadership for change initiative enhances the capability of civil society leaders in southern Africa to engage policy makers and leaders in various sectors. It is designed to be an ongoing programme that provides civil society leaders in southern Africa with a platform to reflect on experiences of leadership in pro-poor policy development and implementation; and to learn about effective practices of leadership in the civil society sector, to achieve pro-poor development outcomes.

Civil Society Architecture in Southern Africa

The initiative provides insight into the architecture of regional civil society organisations in Southern Africa. The initiative gives information on the size, nature, role and linkages of regional civil society organizations, to provide a better understanding of their detailed architecture to determine their strengths and weakness. This initiative also comprises a regional civil society navigator.

Enabling environment for Civil Society Organisations

The initiative seeks to provide a comparative review of the operational environment, including the legislation and regulation of civil society organisations in SADC countries. It also advocates for an improved regulatory environment for civil society in the region.

Linkages Project

The initiative, ‘Linking Advocacy, Research, and Media Groups for More Effective Efforts to Deliver Pro-Poor Policy in Africa’, aims to build innovative, scaled-up, more coherent and value-adding working relationships between different types of critical state and non-state actors. Through encouraging effective collaborative relationships between policy, research and the media, the initiative works to develop better and more informed networking, media communications, evidence-based policy dialogue, and advocacy for pro-poor policy change towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals and the subsequent Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within and between six countries in Africa (Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, South Africa, Malawi and Ghana). The  goal of the project is to enhance the effectiveness of civil society in achieving pro-poor policy change through strategic collaboration and innovation in four key thematic areas: Agricultural productivity for household-level food security; Resource mobilisation and better allocation and distribution of resources; Delivery of basic and social services; and Inclusive, participatory, and transparent governance for better development results.