Consultation on the Draft Civil Society Partnership Policy

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

The online public consultation on the draft Civil Society Partnership Policy was held over a two month period, from June 9 to August 8, 2014. In total, DFATD received 25 feedback submissions, including from the following:

  • Canadian Council for International Co-operation (representing 75 organizations)
  • Inter-Council Network (representing 400 organizations)
  • Canadian international development organizations, and Canadian humanitarian assistance organizations
    • Action Against Hunger
    • Aga Khan Foundation Canada
    • The Canadian Urban Institute
    • CESO
    • Confédération des syndicats nationaux
    • CUSO International
    • Equitas - International Centre for Human Rights Education
    • Handicap International
    • Inter Pares
    • Plan International Canada
    • RESULTS Canada
    • UNICEF Canada
    • World Vision Canada
  • McLeod Group
  • New Democratic Party
  • Non-Canadian international organizations
    • IDH - Sustainable Trade Initiative
    • Norwegian Refugee Council)
  • Citizens

Please see the External Online Consultation Summary for an overview of feedback received. DFATD will publish the names of contributors who have agreed to be listed. The Department encourages all contributing organizations to make their feedback available on their websites.


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.

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