ACCESS Phase II builds on the successes of Phase I with a focus on strengthening the capacity of local CSOs and building demand for better governance. ACCESS Phase II, together with its strategic partners and with CSOs, will be working on a number of different levels (i.e. community, village, sub-district, district, provincial and national level) to ensure improved local democratic governance is made possible by facilitating a stronger role for communities, community organisations and citizens, and constructively engaging with government.
For those small NGOs who think that it is impossible to access funding from international bilateral agencies, here is something that can change their mind. The UK's Department for International Development (DFID) has launched the Development Innovation Fund (DIF) specially "aimed at community based organisations involved in providing specific small scale, one-off support that directly targets poverty in the developing world and includes a significant development awareness component in the UK." No doubt, DFID has always considered that partnership with civil society organizations is critical to reduce global poverty.