Co-creating a sustainable future


Civil Society Organisations

Increased legitimacy for Civil Society Organizations

The role and influence of civil society organizations (CSOs) – e.g. NGOs, trade unions, faith-based organizations, development organizations, and charities – is now a major force in sustainable development. It is globally accepted that economic, environmental, and social sustainability are no longer the exclusive domains of state and market institutions. Civil society plays a key role in making institutions transparent, accountable, and responsive and have become ubiquitous in MSPs.

Large-scale social change requires broad cross-sector coordination, yet the social sector remains focused on the isolated intervention of individual organizations. Funders and nonprofits alike overlook the potential for collective impact because they are used to focusing on independent action as the primary vehicle for social change.
             - Stanford Social Innovation Review, 2011

If CSOs want to bring about social transformation for the poor and marginalized, they cannot shy away from constructive collaboration with private and public stakeholders. This involves dealing with conflicting interests and stepping into dialogue with multiple stakeholders.

Stakeholder Dialogues are an important tool for enhancing the impact of CSOs. The integration of different interest groups in a structured and results-oriented dialogue brings increased legitimacy to decision-making and implementation processes for sustainability initiatives.

By taking an active part in Stakeholder Dialogues, CSOs can build trust and relationships with other stakeholders and decision-makers and thereby build their case for change towards the 2030 Agenda.

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