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The Civil Society Research Collective researches how Southern civil society organizations (CSOs) shape their advocacy roles. We thereby seek to relate to the widespread aim of helping to make sure that development is owned by people and organizations ‘on the ground’.

A long-term goal in the field of international development is to create conditions where responsibilities and leadership increasingly lie with Southern CSOs. If Southern CSOs are to do more leading, their contexts, understandings, and ambitions must move more to the centre of programmes and collaborations. Our research can help donors and Northern CSOs to establish what that would mean in practice when it comes to fundamental questions regarding whom to work with, what to work for, how to collaborate, and what this implies for various actors’ roles. It can also deepen our understanding of the conditions under which Southern CSOs shape their roles, and the nature of their agency in this. With this, we hope to help inform CSOs’

We are the Civil Society Research Collective (CSRC), a group of academic researchers from the USA, India and the Netherlands.