Whether it is supporting civil society engagement in developing countries, political participation, advocacy, networking and lobbying, policy dialogue or contributing to the design of national and international development policies - a strong civil society makes a difference. However, it requires certain enabling conditions in order to flourish and fulfil its role.

ADA's Civil Society International unit co-funds programmes which strengthen civil society initiatives internationally and in Austria and foster networking between different development actors. The amount of funding depends on the project and the region in which it is implemented. A contribution to the project budget must be made from the applicant organisation's own funds.