Sub-area 3.1.: Framework and practices for cooperation

Principle: There is a strategic approach to furthering state-CSO cooperation and CSO development

STANDARD 1

The State recognizes,
through policies and strategies,
the importance of the development
of and cooperation with the sector

INDICATORS

Legislation:
1. There are strategic documents dealing with the state-CSO relationship and
CSDev.
2. The strategic document includes goals and measures as well as funding
available and clear allocation of responsibilities (action plans including
indicators).
3. The strategic document embraces measures that have been developed in
consultation with and/or recommended by CSOs.
Practice:
1. CSOs from different areas of interest regularly participate in all phases of the
strategic document development, implementation and evaluation.
2. There are examples demonstrating that cooperation between state and
CSOs and CSDev is improved and implemented according to or beyond the
measures envisaged in the strategic document.
3. The implementation of the strategic document is monitored, evaluated and
revised periodically.
4. State policies for cooperation between state and CSOs and CSDev are based
on reliable data collected by the national statistics taking into consideration
the diversity of the sector.

STANDARD 2

The State recognizes, through the
operation of its institutions, the
importance of the development of
and cooperation with the sector

INDICATORS

Legislation:
1. There is a national level institution or mechanism with a mandate to
facilitate cooperation with CSOs (e.g., Unit/Office for cooperation; contact
points in ministries; council).
2. There are binding provisions on the involvement of CSOs in the decisions
taken by the competent institution or mechanism(s).
Practice:
1. The national level institution or mechanism(s) has sufficient resources
and mandate for facilitating CSO-government dialogue, discussing the
challenges and proposing the main policies for the development of civil
society.
2. CSOs are regularly consulted and involved in processes and decisionmaking by the competent institution or mechanism(s).
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