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LOCALGOV: Empowering local self-government

Empowering local self-government

Cooperation between advocacy groups and local governments
in Hungary, Poland and Romania

Introduction to Research

This research is the result of a collaboration between three partner organizations sharing an interest in intersectoral collaborations that strengthen accountability and citizen participation in Central and Eastern Europe. ePaństwo Foundation (Poland), Funky Citizens (Romania) and K-Monitor (Hungary) conducted research in their respective countries to explore the experiences and difficulties that advocacy organizations and informal initiatives face when seeking collaboration with local authorities. The research report consists of one horizontal chapter that generalizes the findings and three country chapters with four case studies each. Between May and July 2020, we conducted 64 semi-structured in-depth interviews with representatives from 35 organizations in 35 different local entities, involving both activists and local government officials.

Local governance in Central-Eastern Europe is at a crossroads. It will either lose its relevance or evolve into a pocket of democracy that actively invests in civic ecosystems to support a democratic renewal.

The changing local government landscape in Hungary: Is there a place for civil society?

The end of the partnership model? Collaboration between non-governmental organizations and local governments

Cooperation between advocacy groups and local governments

Good Practices

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Citizens’ Assembly on Climate Change Budapest

Citizens’ Assembly on Climate Change Budapest

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Office for Citizen Participation, Józsefváros

Office for Citizen Participation, Józsefváros

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LOCAL GOVERNANCE UNDER PRESSURE online conference