Good Funder Practices: Promoting Equitable Partnerships with Civil Society Organizations

By David Devlin-Foltz, Susanna Dilliplane, Rhonda Schlangen, Julie Tumbo, and Coumba Touré

This brief describes good funder practices relevant to private and community foundations, bilateral and multilateral donors, intermediaries like INGOs, and others who provide financial support to civil society organizations. Derived from a five-year (2016-2021) developmental evaluation of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation’s strategy to support advocacy capacity in sub-Saharan Africa, the lessons and practices in this brief reflect and contribute to efforts in philanthropy and the international development field to shift power from funders towards local CSOs.

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