Civil society is recognised to have an important role in reaching the Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development goals, and is essential for a well-functioning democracy and an inclusive society, as the Ministry for Foreign Affairs (MFA) of Netherlands also acknowledges. Funding for Civil Society Organisations (CSO) under the grant instrument of the Policy Framework for Strengthening Civil Society has been made available from January 2021 to December 2025 with an overall aim to contribute to reducing inequality, combating corruption, amplify the voice of citizens to stand up for their rights, and especially to realise women’s rights and gender equality.
In addition to Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) undertaken by strategic partners, the MFA of Netherlands has responsibility for M&E of the implementation of the SCS Policy Framework. Therefore, the MFA of Netherlands has commissioned Baseline, Third Party Monitoring (TPM) & Data Quality Assessments (DQA), and Mid-Term Review (MTR) assignments divided into of four different Lots: Lot 1 Horn of Africa ; Lot 2 Sahel, Lot 3 Middle-East & Northern Africa (MENA) and Lot 4 Global. A consortium of FCG Sweden and Tana Copenhagen has been commissioned to carry out the Lot 2 Sahel which focuses on the implementation of the SCS Policy Framework in Burkina Faso.