The recent evaluation of Danish support to civil society noted a trend for donors to ‘pool’ their civil society funds at country level in support of shared development or humanitarian objectives. Denmark’s current development strategy also commits to channel more Official Development Assistance (ODA) directly to the South. As a result, Danida commissioned this study to identify best practices and lessons learned to date from civil society pooled funds in order to inform further guidance to Danida’s future engagement with these funds.
The study has collated learning from bibliographic research on 35 multi-donor funds in Africa, Asia and Latin America; interviews with stakeholders of 13 multi-donor funds; in-country visits to Tanzania and Bangladesh; and interviews with several key informants. Preliminary findings and lessons learned were shared with Danida for comment before finalisation