Working with civil society is central to working towards the outcomes of the CARE 2020 Program Strategy. This resource aims to provide you with ideas and suggestions for deepening the work with civil society. It complements the guidance on Inclusive Governance by further elaborating ideas and approaches on working with organized citizens, i.e. CSOs at local and global level, as well as expanding spaces for negotiation with duty bearers to make them more accountable. This resource has been developed with our long-term development work in mind, but applies to humanitarian contexts where CARE is increasingly called on to work with, and build capacity of, local civil society actors.

The resource contains an outline of roles that CARE can play in relation to other civil society organisations and guidance on steps to take our partnerships to the next level. In the annexes, you will find a set of minimum standards for partnerships and an analysis of global civil society trends.