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Global South Support Programme for Civil Society

Interested in capacity development?

The Global South Programme offers opportunities for the civil society organizations in Kenya, Somalia and Uganda to form new partnerships in order to strengthen your organizations capacity.

The Programme can offer tailor made capacity development to the civil society organizations in programme countries, supported by a capable partner.

Global South Programme is supported by the Danish Government and implements the principles of the "Right to a Better Life - Strategy for Denmark's Development Cooperation".

How we work

How to start?

Important component of the Global South Programme is the web-based Global South Platform - this internet page. An organization can request for capacity development support. This requires them to register as "Civil Society Organization".

Partners - established organizations from Denmark or the programme countries can offer their support and partnership to civil society organizations in Kenya, Somalia and Uganda. They register as "Partners".

What happens next?

To ensure that the partnerships formed are meaningful and beneficial, Global South Programme ensures credibility of both parties. This is done by asking the Partners and CSOs to provide information about themselves though this internet page. This information will be cross checked by the Programme.

Partnering and planning

Global South works with groups of civil society organizations. To promote learning and networking the civil society organizations are grouped by geographic location or the sector they operate in. This is referred to as a cluster.
The Programme invites a number (usually 6 to 24) civil society organizations and several partners (usually 2 to 4) to a planning and partnering workshop. In the cluster workshop the civil society organizations:
• assess their capacity development needs;
• choose a partner who can best address their capacity gaps;
• together with the Partner, make a proposal and budget for the funding.

What is the nature of capacity development?

The capacity development is a joint initiative of a group of civil society organizations and one partner. The capacity development is practical - it can be training, but also testing of approaches, implementing small projects, campaigns or community work together. Global South Programme encourages learning by doing.

About us

Thematic areas

The Global South Programme supports capacity development in four thematic areas, namely:

  • Human rights: For supporting a society where people actively participate and take responsibility for their own development. This includes fighting against discrimination, inequality and poor governance.
  • Green growth: For promoting sustainable economic growth and technologies, and hence, ensuring future generations' access to natural resources and a healthy environment.
  • Social progress: For promoting equal access to social services. This is crucial for human development and enabling people to fight their way out of poverty and marginalisation.
  • Stability and protection: For ensuring stability and protection of the most vulnerable, particularly in fragile and conflict-affected states.


The Global South Programme supports South CSOs in their own capacity development needs analysis to strengthen their skills in three capacity development intervention areas, namely:

  • Advocacy: Provides capacity support to CSOs for them to influence the agenda and engage in policy dialogue with authorities at local, national and international levels.
  • Human Rights Based Approach: Facilitates CSOs to apply Human Rights-Based Approach in identifying and changing underlying power relations and poverty.
  • Organisational Development: Entails capacity support to CSOs to strengthen their legitimacy, constituency and internal democracy.


If civil society actors are to be key partners in ensuring the implementation of Human Rights-Based Approach principles, they must implement these principles in their own operations.

  • Principle of Participation: translates into promoting systems and procedures that allow for a strong and independent civil society ensuring that citizens are able to access information and influence government decisions affecting them. The principle promotes rights to exercise and express freedom of assembly and association by creating opportunities for participation and inclusion.

  • Principle of Accountability: includes protection of the rights of girls and women, certificates of land ownership, business registration, information and access to services they are entitled to etc. Rights-holders, including excluded groups who may rely on civil society organisations as intermediaries, need access to information about opportunities to obtain their rights.

  • Principle of Non-Discrimination: requires a strong and independent civil society with the ability to fight for and give voice to citizens, especially the most excluded population groups. Civil society can play a significant role representing and empowering the most discriminated groups.

  • Principle of Transparency: promotes access to free and independent information, so that those in power can be held accountable for their policies and priorities. The principle supports more open practices by all stakeholders and support to channels of communication.

Capacity development process

Stories from the field

Global South Programme supports a variety of activities of the Civil Society Organizations. To give you a flavour of what capacity building can look like, see short stories of Global South field activities.

Action Aid in Action!

Action Aid is working with Tears Group Kenya to create Artivism - taking up pertinent issues of the communities and presenting them with art. Here Tears Group practicing to Flash Mob - a dance in a public place to attract attention.


Fish farming in Mt. Kenya

Africa Integrated Pest Management Alliance is working with Jitunze Environmental Conservation Self Help Group to increase the trout production among the Mt. Kenya trout farmers. The group has been working on fish feed production, increasing the value of the marketable fish products and how to…


Know your rights issues

Human rights - big words and airy concepts to many of us. With Global South support civil society organizations analyze the rights issues in their communities. Is it lack of clean water or transparent tendering? Violence in schools? We find that human rights are affecting the everyday issues we…


Not just any training

With Global South Programme support local civil society organizations can access professional training. Here the Youth Environmental Network in Africa from Kakamega is participating training in how to set up and manage a tree nursery. Training is given by Kenya Forest Research Institute.


Roles in Global South Programme - What role shall I sign in as?

Sign up as a Civil Society Organization if your organization is a registered entity in Kenya, Uganda or Somalia; is a private sector entity - non-governmental organization, community based organization, self help group, company, faith-based organization, cooperative, trade union or academic…


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Civil Society Organisation

CSOs include Community Based Organisations, Faith Based Organisations, Co-operatives, Trade Unions, Academia, Think Tanks, and National NGOs in Kenya, Uganda and Somalia.

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Partners refers to a North or South CSO, which can provide capacity development and offer partnership, both long term and short term.

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Consultants can be private companies or civil society organisations, which can provide capacity building within advocacy, Human Rights-based Approach and Organisation Development.

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