Standard 3.3.2. State Funding for CSO-Provided Services

The legal framework provides partial funding for basic social services provided by CSOs. The amount/percentage of allocation of funding for basic services is a separate process and depends on the subject matter However, with the social and health services being the most developed, at least funds can be obtained  from the budget planned for the following years and under the expenditure budget line intended for institutional programs.

CSOs do not receive sufficient funding to cover the basic costs of the services they are contracted to provide. According to the survey, 11 CSOs responded that their organization applied to provide public services, one CSO said the funding they received was sufficient to cover basic costs, six CSOs said it was not and four CSOs said that they did not know. The services are dominantly funded with foreign funds or other sources.  

There are no significant legal barriers for CSOs to receive funding for the provision of public services. However, there must be a complete legal review of the possibilities and challenges CSOs are faced with when providing services. According to the Strategy, such review  to be  conducted by the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Justice and the AYS, was planned for the last quarter of 2019, but it was not realized. Furthermore, MLSP is implementing a project in which they will work on preparing a coherent legal framework on modernization and decentralization of the social services.

Chart 16. Please select if you agree with the following statements regarding the participation of CSOs in providing services (%):

Almost half (46%) CSOs do not know if CSOs in their area of work are excluded from the calls for proposals for provision of public services. 35% do not agree and 18.4% CSOs agree. The legal framework does not allow for long-term service contracts.. Even though the same CSOs (e.g. in social service provision, health-related service provision) are supported each year, they have to go through the process of application and signing new contracts again

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