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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

Rădăuțiul Civic

Rădăuțiul Civic

Rădăuțiul Civic Rădăuți "Rădăuțiul Civic​ started the collaboration with the local authorties by offereing their help and their expertise, in order...
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Foundation Dialogue Łomianki

Foundation Dialogue Łomianki

Foundation Dialogue Łomianki ŁomiankiFoundation in Warsaw’s satellite-city Łomianki which was created as a continuation of few local initiatives (it was...
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Akcja Konin

Akcja Konin

Akcja Konin PolandInitiative based in Konin that promotes inter alia open data. Activists collect documents and data from the local...
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LOCAL GOVERNANCE UNDER PRESSURE online conference