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PRODECID-GIZ : The project DINIKA II : Supporting to civil society (phase II)

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Location Madagascar
Dates 29/11/2017 29/11/2022
Intervention Area Other
Funding 550 000,00 €


Despite the adoption in 2015 of the National Development Plan, Madagascar faces a real lack of policies and their implementation in a coherent way. This situation has forced many Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to take the place of the State to respond, as well as they can, to the needs of the population.

Thus, successive Governments have declared themselves open to the participation of civil society in the field of public policies and governance. However, the political, institutional and legal framework governing CSOs is still relatively obsolete (consisting of basic laws dating from independence) and fragmented (diverse and non-harmonised texts), providing no protection for these players.

A study funded by the EU recommends a major overhaul of the legal framework of civil society. Recent studies point to the weakness of the organisational and institutional capacities of CSOs, their participation in the process of drawing up and implementing public policies, insufficient development of places for dialogue, the fragility of the associative network, although dense and diversified, a role limited to the provision of services, which makes it difficult to move towards the roles of advocacy and monitoring.

A support programme for civil society, entitled DINIKA ("collaboration" in Malagasy), financed by the 10th European Development Fund, was implemented by the EU Delegation, from July 2013 to September 2017. In addition to financing endogenous projects, the aim of this programme was to offer capacity building for CSOs and give community support to improve their structuring, governance and advocacy capacities. From December 2016 to September 2017, a pilot phase of a Common Support Fund to CS, bringing together 4 donors (the EU, GiZ, the French Embassy and Monaco) was conducted. External evaluation highlighted DINIKA's undeniable contribution to the emergence of a real awakening of citizens. The donors have decided to pursue this dynamic until 2022, with DINIKA II.  The GIZ has agreed to take over the Common Fund Management Unit (CFMU).

This project will contribute to the achievement of several SDGs, in line with the areas of activity of the selected organisations and, in particular, Goal 17, which aims to create effective partnerships to achieve these goals.

Project owner

  • Local implementing partners: EU national representations, GIZ, and the French Embassy
  • Institutional partners of the project:  the European Union Delegation in Madagascar
  • Technical partners of the project: The Common Fund Management Unit and its regional offices

Overall objective

Consolidate democratic governance and civic culture in Madagascar.

Specific objectives

  • Strengthen the capacities of Malagasy civil society players and organisations from an institutional and operational point of view, so that they are more legitimate and structured
  • Enhance the activity, participation and voice of civil society as a governance player for the consolidation of the rule of law, the culture of accountability, sustainable, inclusive development and gender equality


Civil Society Organisations in Madagascar.

Anticipated outcomes

  • Emerging Civil Society players and organisations (especially young people and women) are strengthened in a targeted way with regard to their effective structuring and their projects
  • The credibility and sustainability of CSOs and their endogenous activities is enhanced through customised support in line with DINIKA's approach and through access to funding
  • Civil Society's commitment to gender equality and women's rights is strengthened
  • The conditions for Civil Society's participation in governance and local development processes are improved
  • Effective progress is made towards consolidating the integrated support mechanism for civil society, implemented with the multi-donor Common Fund