We work with civil society organizations and local governments to advance civic participation.


Working to ensure a more inclusive government that is representative of and responsive to all of Sudan’s citizens.


In 11 states including: Darfur, South Kordofan, Blue Nile, Kassala and Khartoum.


Building the capacity of civil society organizations to engage with their local governments.


As the Republic of Sudan continues on its path towards peace and reconciliation, local civil society organizations (CSOs) have sought to create solutions to various political, economic and social issues. As they look to more effectively participate in the ongoing National Dialogue, there is a need to support both government and civil society as they work together to ensure a more inclusive government that is representative of and responsive to all of Sudan’s citizens.


Civil Society Development Program (CSDP) partners with Sudanese organizations across 11 States to advance common goals between civil society and local governments while acting as a facilitator for citizen interests. This will be achieved by building the capacity of partner organizations to engage professionally and appropriately in non-partisan open dialogues with their respective local governments.


  • Between 2013 and 2015, CSDP conducted 13 capacity building and organizational development (OD) trainings for key civil society organizations, who have then provided support to more than 60 other Sudanese community-based organizations.
  • Established an informal civil society coordination body to facilitate information sharing over 11 regions in Sudan.
  • Supported 14 grants to partner CSOs to strengthen the organizational capacity of these organizations, widen the network of trained OD specialists in Sudan and also address identified needs in a variety of sectors including road safety, school environment and community health. Grant-funded activities included initiatives that promote peace and reconciliation, building the capacity of promising organizations, strengthening coordination among them and increasing citizen participation in community dialogue on key issues.
  • CSDP hosted a three-day OD Partner Forum in Khartoum in July 2016 with the objective of strengthening the impact of the organizational capacity building of approximately 20 CSO participants. The OD Partner Forum provided an opportunity for partner organizations to exchange experiences, discuss the impact of trainings and grants and plan for future activities.


Funder: United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
Collaborators: Ministry of International Cooperation

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