Since 2012, the Civil Society Facility South (CSF South) aims to reinforce the involvement of Civil Society in sector policy dialogue in the region (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia and Syria) combining both nation specificities and regional dynamics, through five components:
- Regional mappings on priority themes
- Capacity building activities
- Guidance to EU grantees
- Multi-stakeholders consultation
- New communications and networking approaches
The CSF South Programme addresses dialogue to build bridges in the South Mediterranean through capacity building on civic education, commitment of CSOs to political dialogue, youth leadership and innovation. In particular, it focuses on the participation of CSOs and youth leaders in the decision-making processes.
From its regional office in Tunis, the CSF South supports CSOs with institutional capacity development that is oriented towards political processes and participation, democratic education, civic engagement and government responsiveness. Before engaging in policy dialogue and becoming partners in the reform process, however, CSOs have to build their capacities and strengthen their organizations.
To ensure sustainable and impactful support to partner CSOs, the CSF South programme promotes an evidence-based approach, builds on achievements and feedback from the field to improve the planning and development skills of grantees, CSOs and youth leaderships.
The programme is based on the idea that there is a significant potential to be tapped into through developing the capacity of CSOs and youth organizations. The CSF South regional program endorses the role of CSOs in the whole process and stresses the need to engage them to remain relevant in the region and to significantly increase the programme's impact.