Standard 3.1.1. State Policies and Strategies for Development of and Cooperation with Civil Society

In July 2019, the Albanian Government approved the Road Map for the Government Policy towards a More Enabling Environment for Civil Society Development 2019-2023. The document reflects a revised version of The Road Map 2015- 2018 which lacked proper implementation. The first Road Map 2015 – 2018 lacked its implementation in most of the measures. Based on a report from ASCS, only 4 measures out of 53 were implemented.    

The revised Road Map document presents a series of actions and concrete measures in a variety of interrelated and complementary policy areas: the legal framework with emphasis on improving the registration issue, a strengthened institutional framework for the work of CSOs, clearer and more transparent public funding mechanisms for CSOs programmes, inclusive involvement of CSOs in social service delivery on national and local level according to standards, regulated consultations with CSOs in drafting new laws, a favourable tax policy for CSOs, a more conducive legal, fiscal, and institutional framework for the promotion of volunteering, and an enabling environment for the promotion of philanthropy. 

Three strategic areas have been associated with a set of 42 actions to be undertaken by the respective institutions so as to further create and maintain a conducive environment for civil society. To ensure proper monitoring of the implementation, a monitoring framework with 130 indicators has been defined to the 42 actions, followed by a budget forecast required for its implementation. Based on the document, CSOs will be involved in the monitoring process by giving their opinions and contributions to monitoring of measures stipulated in the Road Map 2019- 2023. The ASCS will be responsible to create channels for collecting the CSOs views online questionnaires. In 2019, no questionnaire was launched online by the Agency. 

The majority of CSOs (68% of the surveyed CSOs) are aware of the existence of the Road Map for Civil Society, 30% of them are aware of the content and measures of the Road Map, while 38% of the surveyed CSOs have no information of its content. 78% of the surveyed CSOs have not participated in public consultations conducted in the frame of the Road Map 2019-2023. The reasons given are for lack of trust that the opinion of CSOs will be taken into consideration, lack of information for the conduction of public consultations for the Road Map, lack of interest by CSOs themselves to engage on it, or lack of information that such a document exists. Based on the information received from the ASCS, 4 regional meetings were organized with CSOs, and 20 CSOs provided their input for the revised Road Map. 

0 – 20 Fully disabling environment20 – 40 Disabling environment
40 – 60 Partially enabling environment60 – 80 Enabling environment
80 – 100 Fully enabling environment

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