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Strategy

modified Friday, 13 January 2017

The Mission

The Resource Center for Public Participation - CeRe's mission is to act so that public decisions meet the needs and desires of social actors.

The Vision

In our vision, NGOs, citizens and public institutions assume the responsibility of public participation and use the rights it implies. We believe public participation is an essential principle of good governance. By public participation we understand the process by which citizens and NGOs:

  • state their needs;
  • defend their interests and their rights;
  • make a contribution in elaborating public policies and in the decision making process;
  • react and hold accountable the officials and public institutions:
  • confer with the citizens and the NGOs in designing public policies and in the decision making process;
  • use the expertise that can be found in the community.

In order for the process of public participation to be possible and for the NGOs to be real partners in the act of governance, the public institutions must be:

  • receptive
  • transparent
  • responsible and accountable before the public.

The organizations must have a good visibility in the public area, must know how to make themselves well-heard, to bring their issues on the public agenda and to advocate for their cause. The actions the NGOs undertake shouldn't only be reactive, but also proactive. The NGOs have the necessary proficiency and a good knowledge of the communities they are working in. They can have an important contribution in creating public policies that truly respond to the existing needs.


Identified premises/needs

  • The national watch-dog organizations, although visible and with access to a wide range of resources, still have a relatively low capability to organize, build coalitions, advocate and react to common interest events.
  • In Romania there are efficient organizations, which are active in various fields (social, environment, etc) and do many important things for their beneficiaries. However, they lack the tools and know-how with regards to representing the rights of the beneficiaries and the impact on sectorial public policies. These organizations are a very important not-used resource in designing public policies.
  • Small-scale organizations, that are active on a local level, represent an important element of the non-profit sector in Romania. Even if their impact is not striking, even if they don't have the same visibility as the large Bucharest-based organizations, their work is very valuable for the communities where these NGOs are active in. Nonetheless, their access to any kind of resources and to advocacy or public participation programs in particular, is very low.
  • Even if consulting the community when making public decisions is required by law, transparency and receptiveness are not priorities for the public institutions, while a pro-active attitude still remains the exception that confirms the rule. Public participation is still seen as an item on a check-list and approached with a high degree of formalism. Almost no interest is given to efficiency and citizens and NGOs are considered rather a burden than a resource

 

First step – Innovation: Increasing the capacity of the social actors in the public participation field

  • Increasing our capacity for advocacy work and monitoring the administration of NGOs, citizen groups and other interested parties
  • Development and support of NGO networks as dialogue partners of the public institutions regarding political matters
  • Increasing the capacity of public institutions (at a local or central level) for involving the interested parties in the process of public policy

Second step – acting:

Organizing/facilitating public consultations

  • Involving social actors in the elaboration of public policies at a central level
  • Facilitating participative processes of local level planning in different areas of interest

Improvement of legal framework in the public participation field and its observance

  • Intervention in the case of infringement of the legal framework
  • Improvement of the relevant legal framework for the participation of the target audience in the decision making process

Third step – Promotion: Promoting public participation and its benefits

  • Promoting success stories of public participation in the decision making process, with its actors and benefits
  • Creating an opportunity for debates and promoting issues related to relevant public participation

Fourth step: The development of new resources in the public participation field

  • Periodic evaluation of the public participation level in Romania
  • Documentation and adjustment of the innovative public participation methods
  • Creating new instruments and methodologies of monitoring and evaluation of the public participation in decision making
  • Documentation and capitalization of the experience of Romania in the field of public participation

 

Achieving our goals:

Services

The Center offers the following services for public institutions and NGOs: training, consultancy, coaching, mentoring, information and promotion.

 

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