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This site features all key documents, tools and good practices which were developed by partners of the consortium project “CSOs & Policy Dialogue”, which has been active since 2014. It aims at supporting CSOs but also other interested stakeholders from inside and outside the consortium when engaging in policy dialogue.
Policy: A policy is a set of rules, regulations or guidelines that are sector specific and include a strategy/program, budget and institutional arrangements for its implementation. A good policy is a product of a democratic process and of exercising civic mandates and obligations towards the various segments of a society.
Dialogue: To dialogue means to enter into negotiations with an open mind and to share viewpoints and experiences, while treating each other with mutual respect and consider each other as partners not adversaries. A dialogue intends to achieve a common goal in the interest of all parties. It is based on transparency and accountability.
Policy Dialogue (PD): Policy dialogue is an approach of development, which emphasizes cooperation, relationship building and common understanding between various actors including governments, intermediaries and communities. It favors a dialogue approach so that development is understood as a partnership rather than a competition or a battle field. It is an approach that emphasizes sustainability of initiatives, because transparency, accountability as well as resource mobilization and utilization are observed by all actors.
A Manual for Civil Society Organizations in East Africa
for Enhancing the Capacities of Civil Society Organizations to Engage in Policy Dialogue
Developing CSOs Capacity for Public Policy Dialogue in Kenya, A System Analysis, Final Report
Policy Dialogue in Kenya: How CSOs can engage effectively in policy dialogue
Video: Get to know more details about the CARE initiative within the Policy Dialogue project, its effects and achievements and some of the beneficiaries' stories.
The consortium project CSOs & Policy Dialogue is funded by the Austrian Development Cooperation (OEZA). 5 Austrian and currently 7 East African partner organizations participate in the consortium: