Giving Compass’ Take:
• Charities Aid Foundation takes a close look at the newly-released Civil Society Strategy released by the British government. The main takeaway: Ambition is there, but details are lacking.
• What can the U.S. learn from this effort to lay out strategies for strengthening civil society? How can we push our own policymakers to come up with a more comprehensive plan?
Midnight on a Wednesday evening in August doesn’t seem like the obvious time to release a major government document, so it was probably with some surprise that many greeted the news that the [British] Government’s Civil Society Strategy slipped out just after bar closing time.
This document is billed as “the first civil society strategy in 15 years”, and has been eagerly awaited by many who had contributed thoughts and ideas through the various consultation processes (us included). But does the manner in which it came out suggest cause for concern?
Well, having read through the whole thing a couple times now, the good news is that there is certainly no need to be gloomy. However, anyone in civil society might want to keep the champagne (or more likely supermarket own brand prosecco in these times of frugality) on ice for now.
There is certainly a lot of very positive stuff in the document (and a lot is not an understatement: at 123 pages, this is a hefty beast). However, as one might expect from a strategy, there are plenty of declarations of ambition but in most cases the details of how they will be delivered are less clear. There are also announcements of funding scattered throughout the document — but as is so often the case, many of these are in fact things that have been previously announced, so it is difficult to determine what is actually new.
Read the full article about the Civil Society Strategy in the UK by Rhodri Davies at Charities Aid Foundation (CAF).
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