"Under the 2011 Busan Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation, an important commitment was made to strengthen the enabling environment for civil society organizations (CSOs) as independent development actors. This meant creating conditions for inclusive development at the country level through implementation of democratic ownership, gender equality and women’s empowerment, and full transparency and accountability, on the part of all stakeholders. This CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE) Synthesis of Evidence brings together accessible evidence on the current state of enabling conditions for CSOs. The CPDE Working Group on Enabling Environment, alongside the Reality of Aid Africa, enabled ten country level civil society consultations and case studies between June and October 2013. Evidence provided by these CSO-led country processes has been complemented by recent global reports from the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law and CIVICUS. Further documentation has been provided by 2013 reports from the Association of Women’s Rights in Development (AWID), the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and a number of global reports from organizations such as Amnesty International, the Open Budget Partnership, European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes, and several donor-sponsored evaluations. "