Improving the legislative and policy environment for the effective participation of civil society in the development process in Africa
Author(s)/Corporate Author (s)United Nations. Economic Commission for Africa. Development Management Division;
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This paper rationalizes the need to improve the legislative and policy environment within which Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) operate. The paper suggests that regional and global trends call for a major strengthening of CSOs' roles and capacity. The paper examines some of the internal factors that constrain CSOs, including resources and the environment in which they operate,and discusses how these could be enhanced through an enabling legislative and policy action framework. It also makes proposals on improving the legislative and policy environment and finally provides case study experiences of CSOs in four countries.