A good practice excerpt from the peer review: The quality of funding to civil society organisations
Ireland has consistently ranked among the DAC donors with the highest percentage of bilateral official development assistance (ODA) channelled to and through civil society organisations (CSOs). With most of its bilateral ODA allocated to CSOs as core contributions, Ireland places great emphasis on supporting CSOs as independent development actors.
Ireland selects CSO partners for funding based on a competitive and rigorous screening process and requires co-funding to ensure their commitment and ownership. Ireland provides predictable funding where appropriate through multi-year agreements. For example, under the 2017 programme grant, NGOs received funding for up to 5 years, providing important reliability for planning. In addition, partners have great flexibility in the use of their funding. Agreements of up to 3 years are now common for humanitarian assistance. In 2017-18, CSOs for the first time also received funding under a joint humanitarian and programme grant arrangement.
Ireland makes good use of joint approaches with other development partners, including pooled funds that reduce the reporting burden for CSOs. As became evident in the field visit in Ethiopia, there is an impressive diversity of such efforts, in particular through the Civil Society Support Programme and the Ethiopia Social Accountability Programme.
Read chapter 5 of the peer review for more on Ireland’s partnerships with civil society organisations
Ireland's implementation of peer review recommendations from 2014
Read about the implementation of the 2014 recommendations (Annex A)