UK government criticized for poor engagement with UK CSOs
UK development NGO network Bond has criticized the UK government for what it considers deteriorating engagement with civil society. Launching a new report, 'Ensuring Civil Society is Heard', Bond draws on examples of the Department for International Development's (DFID) engagement to highlight lessons and possible solutions to better policy engagement in the future. Those include the UK government’s engagement with CSOs on the UK's departure from the EU and the UK’s voluntary national review of its progress in meeting the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.
The Chairman of the UK Parliament’s International Development Select Committee, Stephen Twigg, has also recently written to the UK international development minister highlighting significant concerns around the government’s engagement process with UK stakeholders for the national voluntary review process. The letter implies the process has been rushed and insufficient time and engagement have been allowed to fully draw on the expertise and experience of UK stakeholders.