How to effectively fund civil society

By Jeff Tyson 25 May 2015

Ricardo Fuentes-Nieva, head of research for Oxfam GB, weighed in on how to effectively fund civil society organizations and initiatives.

Civil society is under threat in many countries throughout the developing world.

In Cambodia, NGOs are protesting a draft law called the Law on Associations and Nongovernmental Organizations that they fear will force many of them to shut down. In other countries, such as Azerbaijan, Pakistan, India, Sudan, Mexico and Venezuela, other forms of legislation are putting a siphon on funds NGOs can receive from international donors.

How can the global development community respond to such threats and provide support to civil society actors throughout the world?

Ricardo Fuentes-Nieva, head of research for Oxfam GB, spoke with Devex on the sidelines of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development Global Forum on Development in Paris and weighed in on how to effectively fund civil society organizations and initiatives.

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About the author

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Jeff Tyson@jtyson21

Jeff is a global development reporter for Devex. Based in Washington, DC, he covers multilateral affairs, U.S. aid and international development trends. He has worked with human rights organizations in both Senegal and the United States, and prior to joining Devex worked as a production assistant at National Public Radio. He holds a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in international relations and French from the University of Rochester.


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