Global assistance to strengthen civil society and improve related regulatory frameworks

IMG 20211015 WA0006 (1)

The Civil Society Roadmap Facility provides strategic support and guidance to the EU and other relevant stakeholders in the process of developing, implementing and monitoring civil society roadmaps

October 28, 2021
  • SDG: #16
  • SECTORS: Development Consulting
  • DONOR: European Commission
  • CONTRACT VALUE: € 1,422,380
  • DURATION: April 2021–2024

At the European level, the involvement of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in European Union (EU) external cooperation and development policy has evolved substantially over time. The last decade has witnessed a radical change as the EU, championed by the European Commission and a number of Member States and echoing international trends, has progressively embraced a paradigm shift in their relations with CSOs. The EU now regards CSOs as key development ‘actors’ in their own right. They bring a unique added value by fostering democracy, governance, justice, and human rights.

Roadmaps were first mentioned in a 2012 EU Communication. They are meant to improve the impact, predictability and visibility of EU actions and to ensure consistency and synergy of support to CSOs through the various sectors covered by EU external relations. 

With a project period of 36 months and based on the lessons learned from previous Roapmap Facilities, NIRAS has been contracted to answer in a tailor-made way to the support requests of EU delegations in relation to the CSO Roadmap process, once filtered by INTPA G2.

NIRAS’s support will cover any of the countries eligible under the Development Cooperation Instrument (DCI), depending on the request formulated by the delegations. The specific aim of this assignment is to provide strategic support and guidance to the EU (namely EUDs and DG INTPA) – and conceivably to other relevant stakeholders, including Members States, other international organisations at country level, and CSOs at global, regional and/or country level – in the process of developing, implementing and monitoring the Roadmaps on the basis of the work which has been underway since the process was launched in 2014.

Click here to access a factsheet on what services the CSO Roadmap Facility offers and how they can be requested.

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Biljana Kovacevic

Biljana Kovacevic

Team leader, Facility and Framework Contracts

Belgrade, Serbia

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