The 2016 edition of the CSO Forum held on 17-18 March, Brussels, and organized back-to-back with other events, brought together CSOs both from the international development and human rights field from all over the world. The aim of the forum was to advance the implementation of the EU policy shift towards supporting the enabling environment, participation and capacity of civil society as an actor of governance, as enshrined in its 2012 Communication “The roots of democracy and sustainable development: Europe’s engagement with Civil Society in external relations” and the strong 2015 EU commitment to promote and protect human rights, the rule of law and democracy worldwide, as outlined in the “Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy”. Providing an interactive platform, the forum spurred a constructive dialogue and gathered feedback on best practices in providing support in a complex and evolving context in order to help the EU institutions develop the operational responses to challenges in the field. BCSDN representative Ilina Nesik participated on several discussions on various issues related to CSOs enabling environment, whereas ECNL representative Katerina Hadzi-Miceva Evans also presented the joint BCSDN and ECNL efforts in ensuring environment through the Monitoring Matrix. More information is available here.