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Civil Society Engagement Facility

Facilitating meaningful engagement between conflict-affected communities and protection actors contributes to our overall goal of improving inclusive human security. Through the Civil Society Engagement Facility (CSEF), PAX and its partners develop more mechanisms for direct engagement between civil society in conflict-affected countries and decision makers at the headquarters of international institutions.

Meaningful engagement between conflict-affected communities and protection actors is central to the PoC team’s approach. PAX supports and facilitates genuine and results-driven collaboration between civil society in conflict-affected countries and international institutions.

The Civil Society Engagement Facility aims to: 1) contribute to greater equity and meaningful participation between international decision-makers and civil society in conflict-affected countries, and 2) to create greater bottom-up accountability of international actors towards communities in conflict.

The Civil Society Engagement Facility approach:
• Developing targeted mechanisms to connect civil society in conflict-affected countries with international policymakers on protection of civilians and human security issues;
• Demonstrating the relevance of connecting civil society in conflict-affected areas with international actors and vice versa;
• Continuous advocacy for inclusive national and local civil society engagement with EU, NATO and UN (as part of the Engaging International Actors Project and overall Protection of Civilians Program).

The first activities take place in Burkina Faso and are aimed at making the EU’s contribution to peace and stability in the Sahel region more people-centered. The scope of the Facility will be broadened in 2023.

Contact person Civil Society Engagement Facility
Selma van Oostwaard, Project Lead PAX’s Civil Society Engagement Facility: vanoostwaard@paxforpeace.nl.

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