Consultation on the Draft Civil Society Partnership Policy

DFATD’s Proposed Approach to Effective Development Cooperation with Civil Society

The online consultation on the Draft Civil Society Partnership Policy is now closed. The Department will post a summary of submissions on the DFATD website in Fall 2014.


The Government of Canada fosters sustainable international development and poverty reduction in developing countries and provides humanitarian assistance during crises. Canada’s aim is to help poor and vulnerable people living in developing countries by supporting high impact initiatives that will lead to meaningful and sustainable results. The Government of Canada is committed to making Canada's international assistance more effective, focused, and accountable in line with international agreements and recognised best practices.

Canada works with a wide range of partners at local, national, regional and international levels to maximise the impact of public funds. Our partners in development include citizens in Canada and in developing countries, traditional and emerging donors, multilateral organizations, the private sector, and civil society organizations (CSOs). As we move forward, Canada is committed to working effectively with all of its development partners and drawing on their expertise to increase the impact of Canadian aid.

Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) has drafted a Civil Society Partnership Policy to help guide its international development efforts and specifically its engagement with CSOs. This document sets out DFATD’s proposed approach to enhancing effective development cooperation with CSOs in Canada and overseas. It outlines guiding principles for, and the overall objectives of, Canada’s development engagement with CSOs.

Request for Feedback

Comments on the draft Civil Society Partnership Policy are invited from June 9 to August 8, 2014. You can participate in this consultation by emailing your feedback to

Your feedback will help inform the development of the Civil Society Partnership Policy. To add to the transparency of the consultation process, DFATD will post a summary of submissions on the DFATD website.

Please Read the Privacy Notice Statement for this consultation.