Effective forest governance grows from strong civil society
Organisation development — supporting organisations to change and become more effective — can improve how civil society organisations (CSOs) contribute to key issues such as forest governance and social justice. This briefing outlines the approach and why it is important in the context of community forestry in the Central African Republic (CAR). By providing learning from practice, it highlights three key organisational changes that can enhance the performance of CSOs: improved strategic thinking, improved capacity to implement an organisational strategy, and improved organisational culture, including the ability to communicate more effectively internally and with external partners. But despite its potential to improve CSO effectiveness, the process itself is not a quick-fix solution. Donors funding CSOs to implement projects must combine project support with continued organisation development in the longer term.