This portal focuses on enabling public participation in policymaking, public funding and CSO-Government cooperation documents and mechanisms.
Civil Participation in Decision-Making: An Overview of Standards and Practices in Council of Europe Member States
This paper was prepared by the European Center for Not-for-Profit Law in 2016 at request of the Council of Europe to support the ongoing efforts in drafting the Guidelines on meaningful civil participation in political decision-making.
- Regulating Political Activities of Non-Governmental Organizations: The NGO Expert Council at the Council of Europe, with input from ECNL experts, produced a report on Regulating Political Activities of Non-governmental Organizations, which reviews regulation of CSO participation in political activities, including policy-making. The report has eight country case studies.
- Criteria for Selection of CSOs in Cross-Sector Bodies: ECNL co-authored this comparative paper on the criteria and mechanisms for the selection of CSOs in government bodies (cross sector working groups, councils, national boards, etc.) and models for improved framework and guidance to government officials and CSOs.
- An Enabling Framework for Citizen Participation in Public Policy: An Outline of Some of the Major Issues Involved: This International Journal for Not-for-Profit Law (IJNL) article focuses on frameworks for enabling citizen participation in public policy-making in European countries, with emphasis on legislative processes.
- Participation of NGOs in the Process of Policy and Law Making: This analysis by the Bulgarian Center for Not-for-Profit Law (BCNL) compares European practices to promote NGO participation in government decision-making.
- Mechanisms for Nominating of NGO Representatives: This BCNL report discusses the professional relationships and mechanisms used to nominate and elect NGO representatives for state commissions and other consultative positions in Central and Eastern Europe.
- Citizens' Participation in the Process of Preparation and Implementation of Laws and Other Public Policy Instruments: This is a brochure that was distributed in the Republic of Serbia. It explains why it is important for individuals and NGOs to participate in government decision-making and the ways in which they can participate.
- Comparative Analysis: Policy papers on cooperation between the State and Civil Society Organizations: This comparative analysis provides an overview of policy papers on cooperation between the state bodies and civil society organizations in Bulgaria, Georgia, Moldova, Estonia, Croatia, and the Philippines.
- Ten Ideas for Governments Working to Safeguard Civic Space: This report addresses the gap between the aspirations of governments that want to safeguard civic space and the actions required to realize that goal. It identifies concrete policies, practices and personnel actions that offer a roadmap for officials as they confront an epidemic of new restrictions on civil society organizations.
- Setting Up A Regulatory Framework For Partnership Between Civil Society and Public Authorities In Brazil: This case study on Brazil discusses the development of the regulatory framework for CSOs in the countryand describes an inspiring participatory process.
- Models to Promote Cooperation between Civil Society and Public Authorities: The Working Paper was developed based on research by ECNL and ICNL and was commissioned by the Macedonian Center for International Cooperation and the OSCE.
- Keeping Up the Momentum: Improving Cooperation Between Public Institutions and Civil Society in the Western Balkans and Turkey: This report is the first regional report on the state of cooperation between civil society organizations (CSOs) and public institutions in the countries of the Western Balkans and Turkey, written by the European Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ECNL).
- Practices on Implementation of Policy Documents and Liaison Offices that Support Civil Society Development: This ECNL research paper discusses the role that European government offices can play in implementing plans for cooperation with civil society.
- A Comparative Analysis of European Practices of NGO-Government Cooperation: This article written by the European Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ECNL) offers a European perspective on policies and practices regarding NGO-Government cooperation in EU member states and other Central and Eastern European countries.
- Lottery Proceeds for CSO work: Luck Has Nothing to Do With It: The comparative paper with an overview of the legal basis, strategies and programs for defining priorities for funding from lottery incomes, and available amounts of the lottery proceeds for CSOs.
- Public Funding for Civil Society Organizations – Good Practices in the European Union and Western Balkans: This paper examines state financing of NGOs as practiced in the Western Balkans and EU member states.
- National Funds to Support Civil Society Organizations: This ICNL paper from 2010 explores the key strategic and operational questions that arise during the development of funds and foundations that support civil society organizations. Appendices | عربيبالإضافة إلى الملاحق | کوردی
- Comparative Analysis of the Regulatory Framework for Social Enterprises in Europe: This analysis describes the concept of social entrepreneurship, its definition, and thedifferent regulatory approaches used in numerous European countries.
- Legal Framework for Social Economy and Social Enterprises: A Comparative Report: ECNL’s comparative report includes the distinctive features of the legal framework for social economy/social enterprises in Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, Slovenia and Austria.
- Inclusion of Civil Society Organizations in Contracting of Government Tasks: This paper was prepared in response to intentions by the Government of Mongolia to reform the system of contracting government tasks, and include civil society organization (CSOs) in the delivery of such tasks. .
- A Handbook on Non-State Social Service Delivery Models: A Guide for Policymakers and Practitioners on the CIS Region: This handbook, prepared by ECNL, outlines the ways in which the state can cooperate with non-state providers in order to deliver social services.