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The UK government is receiving widespread condemnation for a new clause in grant agreements that will place restrictions on civil society organisations lobbying the government. Last week, 140 UK charities signed a joint letter to the UK Prime Minister David Cameron expressing their deep concern over the proposed clause, and the move has been strongly condemned by the global alliance of CSOs – CIVICUS. The new clause would be attached to all grants for UK charities, and would prevent charities from using these funds to enter into any dialogue with parliament, government or political parties as funds could only be spent on direct delivery of services and ‘good causes’ – not on activities intended to influence or even to share expert knowledge on social issues. The UK model for cooperation between state and civil society has been the example that most of Western Balkan states have been trying to follow and looked up to in terms of policies and organization. More information is available here.

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