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Civil Society National Strategy (DK0058)

Overview

At-a-Glance

Action Plan: Denmark Action Plan 2017-2019

Action Plan Cycle: 2017

Status: Inactive

Institutions

Lead Institution: The Ministry of Children and Social Affairs

Support Institution(s): The Danish Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Immigration and Integration, the National Board of Social Services. A number of key players from civil society, local govern-ments, businesses and trade unions have been involved in the task force and the dialogue meeting, e.g.: the Danish Red Cross, the National Council for Volunteering (Denmark) , the Mother’s Aid Organisation, the Danish Youth Council, Save the Children, the Confederation of Danish Industry (DI), Local Government Denmark, etc.

Policy Areas

Marginalized Communities, Public Participation

IRM Review

IRM Report: Denmark Design Report 2017–2019

Starred: Pending IRM Review

Early Results: Pending IRM Review

Design i

Verifiable: Yes

Relevant to OGP Values: Civic Participation

Potential Impact:

Implementation i

Completion:

Description

What is the public problem that the commitment will address?: The Government intends to work to create the optimal framework for private organisations and volunteers to engage in sharing responsibility with the Gov-ernment. On this basis, the commitment aims to support the Government’s objective regarding social mobility by ensuring that more people living on the fringe of society’s communities become active citizens who contribute to their local communities – for example through volunteering. Also, the Government’s civil society strategy aims to underpin the ambition of the cohesion reform to support an ambitious and innovative public sector that creates welfare for the citizens through better collaboration between the public sector and civil society.; What is the commit-ment?: The commitment will be implemented based on input from a task force consisting of central players from civil society, local governments, the business community and trade unions. The recommendations of the task force, which were submitted to the Government on 14 September 2017, will form part of the work on the strategy for a stronger civil society. The task force’s mandate contained five tracks: Track 1: The value of volunteering This track aims to investigate the social value of volunteering in relation to the public initiatives in one or more projects, e.g. on the basis of a social issue and through partnerships with for example local governments and foundations. In addition, organisational and collaboration models can be developed for collabo-rate on solving welfare challenges, particularly targeting citizens on the fringe of society. Track 2: Participation and community This track will contain specific initiatives to underpin the Government’s objective of making more citizens outside the working community and with no education volunteer. Track 3: Economy This track can involve a study of how to ensure a more targeted use of funds in the sector, including removing barriers to the current economic support structure for voluntary social work and support acquiring knowledge and gathering evi-dence about the effects of volunteering. Track 4: Infrastructure This track can include initiatives that aim to improve the infrastructure in the voluntary sector, including e.g. supporting volunteering locally and civil society’s representation in relation to national political representation and locally in the local governments. Track 5: Research and knowledge It is proposed to earmark funds for strengthening the knowledge base about and inside civil society. Focus can be on civil society’s own needs for knowledge about its own initiatives by facilitating evaluation models that are easy to imple-ment or other methods for showing the change brought about by volunteering; How will the com-mitment contribute to solve the public problem?: As a result of the civil society strategy, it is expected that more citizens on the fringe of society’s communities, who may find themselves outside the working community and without an education, will volunteer and that the establishment of more sustainable relations can pave the way for a positive development where citizens get a chance to take greater responsibility for their own lives. The devel-opment will also be ensured through an upgrade of competences of local volun-tary social work, which will support the establishment of sustainable, diverse, local, volunteering communities. At the same time, the commitment aims to underpin the ambition of the cohesion reform to support an ambitious and innovative public sector that creates welfare for the citizens through better collaboration between the public sector and civil society; Why is this com-mitment relevant to OGP values?: The civil society strategy is consistent with OGP values as the strategy aims to strengthen collaboration between the public sector and civil society. Moreover, the overarching ambition is for more citizens to participate in voluntary communi-ties, which, indirectly, will increase the opportunities of influencing decisions positively affecting a group of disadvantaged citizens.; Additional infor-mation: https://www.regeringen.dk/publikationer-og-aftaletekster/strategi-for-et-staerkere-civilsamfund/

IRM Midterm Status Summary

Commitment 9: National strategy for a stronger civil society

Language of the commitment as it appears in the action plan:

"The commitment will be implemented based on input from a task force consisting of central players from civil society, local governments, the business community and trade unions. The recommendations of the task force, which were submitted to the Government on 14 September 2017, will form part of the work on the strategy for a stronger civil society. The task force's mandate contained five tracks:

Track 1: The value of volunteering. This track aims to investigate the social value of volunteering in relation to the public initiatives in one or more projects, e.g. on the basis of a social issue and through partnerships with for example local governments and foundations. In addition, organisational and collaboration models can be developed for collaborate on solving welfare challenges, particularly targeting citizens on the fringe of society.

Track 2: Participation and community. This track will contain specific initiatives to underpin the Government's objective of making more citizens outside the working community and with no education volunteer.

Track 3: Economy. This track can involve a study of how to ensure a more targeted use of funds in the sector, including removing barriers to the current economic support structure for voluntary social work and support acquiring knowledge and gathering evidence about the effects of volunteering.

Track 4: Infrastructure This track can include initiatives that aim to improve the infrastructure in the voluntary sector, including e.g. supporting volunteering locally and civil society's representation in relation to national political representation and locally in the local governments.

Track 5: Research and knowledge It is proposed to earmark funds for strengthening the knowledge base about and inside civil society. Focus can be on civil society's own needs for knowledge about its own initiatives by facilitating evaluation models that are easy to implement or other methods for showing the change brought about by volunteering."

Milestones:

9.1 Recommendations from the task force have been submitted to the Danish Government

9.2 Civil society strategy published

9.3 Implementation

9.4 First initiative formed

Start Date: 1 July 2017

End Date: 31 December 2021

Editorial note: For the full text of this commitment, see "The Danish OGP National Action Plan 2017–2019," Danish Agency for Digitisation, https://en.digst.dk/policy-and-strategy/open-government/open-government-partnership-ogp-action-plan/, pp. 22–23.

Context and Objectives

The government presented the civil society strategy on 9 October 2017. The strategy focused on reducing the feeling of loneliness among citizens, supportive infrastructure and knowledge exchange, and following recommendations of the Task Force on a Stronger Civil Society in September 2017. The task force consisted of representatives from civil society (e.g., volunteers, mothers, relatives of suicide victims, child care workers, youth), Local Government Denmark, the Confederation of Danish Industry, the Danish Red Cross, and Save the Children.[Note : "Task Forcen for et Stærkere Civilsamfund Afleverer sine Anbefalinger," Ministry of Finance and Ministry for Children and Social Affairs, 14 September 2017, https://www.regeringen.dk/nyheder/task-forcen-for-et-staerkere-civilsamfund-afleverer-sine-anbefalinger. ]

The civil society strategy seeks to underpin the government's broader reform, which started in 2017 and is being rolled out during the fall of 2018.[Note : "Regeringen vil Fjerne Bøvl Og Bureuakrati For 4 Milliarder Kr," Ministry of Finance, 4 September 2018, https://www.fm.dk/nyheder/pressemeddelelser/2018/09/regeringen-vil-fjerne-boevl-og-bureaukrati-for-4-milliarder-kr. ] This reform aims to create better collaboration between the public sector and civil society.[Note : "Sammenhængsreform," the Danish Government, 4 April 2017, https://www.regeringen.dk/nyheder/sammenhaengsreform/. ] It will work toward four main themes: (a) more time for core work, (b) better welfare across sectors, (c) a timely public sector, and (d) better leadership.[Note : Ibid.]

This commitment seeks to address the lack of citizen participation in local communities, for example through volunteering. In its civil society strategy, the government expects more citizens to volunteer and take responsibility for their communities. Local voluntary social work was also expected to be upgraded through sustainable local volunteering communities.

The civil society strategy is relevant to the OGP value of civic participation, as the strategy aims to improve civil society's ability to engage in local public life. The government expects citizens to have a higher degree of influence over decisions that affect their lives, particularly locally.

In terms of verifiability, the first two milestones of this initiative are clear and verifiable. (E.g., recommendations from the task force are submitted; the civil society strategy is published). The milestone on implementation is broad, however, and the milestone "First initiative formed" could be further specified.

The IRM researcher considers the potential impact of the commitment to be moderate. The initiative constitutes a major civil society strategy and an effort to improve civic participation in local and regional decision-making structures. While civil society representatives have welcomed the strategy, it does not necessarily indicate a transformative change in the behaviour between civil society and the state moving forward.

Next steps

The IRM researcher proposes the following recommendations for this commitment:

· This commitment could be carried forward into the next action plan, to gauge and build on the results achieved so far.

· The design of the commitment could be improved by increasing the specificity of the five strands of activity (and their sub-activities), while keeping the text short.

· The commitment could clearly spell out the meaning of key terms, such as "research" and "economy."

· Civil society representatives could be brought in to participate in the OGP discussions at the multi-stakeholder forum, as an example of civic engagement at the decentralised level. In line with other recommendations in this report, the voice of Local Government Denmark could be strengthened.


Commitments

  1. Open Data for Citizens and Media

    DK0050, 2017, E-Government

  2. Data Registers on a Shared Public Distribution Platform

    DK0051, 2017, E-Government

  3. Information Portal for Day-Care Facilities

    DK0052, 2017, E-Government

  4. Open Data and Smart City Forum

    DK0053, 2017, Capacity Building

  5. Open Data DK

    DK0054, 2017, Capacity Building

  6. Overview of Own Cases and Benefits

    DK0055, 2017, E-Government

  7. Nationwide Deployment of Telemedicine

    DK0056, 2017, E-Government

  8. My Log

    DK0057, 2017, E-Government

  9. Civil Society National Strategy

    DK0058, 2017, Marginalized Communities

  10. Report a Rule

    DK0059, 2017, E-Government

  11. OGP Forum

    DK0060, 2017, OGP

  12. Denmark’S Country Program for Uganda

    DK0061, 2017, Aid

  13. The 18Th International Anti-Corruption Conference

    DK0062, 2017, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  14. IATI (International Aid Transparency Initiative)

    DK0063, 2017, Aid

  15. Service Check of Local Government Consultations

    DK0034, 2014, Public Participation

  16. Call on All Municipalities to Facilitate Advance Voting

    DK0035, 2014, Marginalized Communities

  17. Letter of Invitation to First-Time Voters Urging Them to Vote

    DK0036, 2014, Marginalized Communities

  18. User Friendliness Requirements Regarding Digital Self-Service Solutions

    DK0037, 2014, Capacity Building

  19. Plan for Inclusion During the Transition to Digital Communication

    DK0038, 2014, Capacity Building

  20. Common Public Sector Digital Communication Campaign

    DK0039, 2014, Capacity Building

  21. Principles for Collaboration on the Modernisation of the Public Sector as Well as the Establishment of a Centre for Public Innovation

    DK0040, 2014, Capacity Building

  22. “Free Municipality” Pilot Projects

    DK0041, 2014, Subnational

  23. Recommendations from Growth Teams

    DK0042, 2014, Private Sector

  24. Strategy for Digital Welfare

    DK0043, 2014, E-Government

  25. Implementation of a New Charter for Interaction Between Volunteer Denmark/Associations Denmark and the Public Sector

    DK0044, 2014, Civic Space

  26. “Open Data Innovation Strategy” (ODIS)

    DK0045, 2014, Capacity Building

  27. Data Distributor for the Distribution of Basic Data

    DK0046, 2014, Open Data

  28. Open Government Camp 2014

    DK0047, 2014, Capacity Building

  29. Open Government Assistance to Myanmar

    DK0048, 2014, Aid

  30. Opening Key Public Datasets

    DK0049, 2014, Capacity Building

  31. Online Open Government Partnership Community

    DK0001, 2012, E-Government

  32. Online OGP Handbook for Public Authorities and Institutions

    DK0002, 2012, E-Government

  33. Starred commitment Management Labs and New Forms of Co-Operation

    DK0003, 2012, Public Participation

  34. Consultation and Transparency of Development Aid Programmes: Design Aid Programmes

    DK0004, 2012, Aid

  35. Innovate with Aarhus

    DK0005, 2012, Capacity Building

  36. Citizen Self-Services: Increasing the Use of User Ratings in the Citizen’s Port Borger.Dk

    DK0006, 2012, E-Government

  37. Open Government Camp

    DK0007, 2012, OGP

  38. Renewed Effort for Open Government Data

    DK0008, 2012, E-Government

  39. Regional Initiative on Open Data

    DK0009, 2012, Open Data

  40. Reuse of Open Source Software in the Public Sector

    DK0010, 2012, E-Government

  41. Citizen Self-Services: Binding Guidelines for Self-Service Solutions

    DK0011, 2012, Capacity Building

  42. Citizen Self-Services: Guidance and Information on Accessibility to Digital Solutions

    DK0012, 2012, E-Government

  43. Citizen Self-Services: Peer-To-Peer Learning Programmes to Help Citizens Use Digital Self-Service

    DK0013, 2012, Capacity Building

  44. Citizen Self-Services: Location-Based Content and Re-Use of Content in Borger.Dk

    DK0014, 2012, E-Government

  45. Less Reporting Through Increased Re-Use of Key Data

    DK0015, 2012, E-Government

  46. Mypage” for Businesses

    DK0016, 2012, E-Government

  47. Companies to Be “Born Digitally”

    DK0017, 2012, E-Government

  48. Creating a Mediation and Complaints Institution for Responsible Business Behaviour

    DK0018, 2012, Human Rights

  49. International Human Rights Conference

    DK0019, 2012, Human Rights

  50. Promote Social Responsibility in the Fashion Business

    DK0020, 2012, Private Sector

  51. Reporting on Human Rights and the Climate

    DK0021, 2012, Human Rights

  52. Country by Country Reporting in the Extractive and Forestry Industries

    DK0022, 2012, Extractive Industries

  53. Legislative Principles for the Digital Age

    DK0023, 2012, Legislature

  54. Consolidated Key Data

    DK0024, 2012, E-Government

  55. App Store for Digital Learning Resources

    DK0025, 2012, E-Government

  56. Starred commitment Preparing a Digital Reform of the Public Welfare Areas

    DK0026, 2012, E-Government

  57. Consultation and Transparency of Development Aid Programmes: Transparency in Aid

    DK0027, 2012, Aid

  58. Tracking Progress of Universities’ Transition to Digital-Only Administrative Communication

    DK0028, 2012, Education

  59. Disclosure of Status Reporting From the National IT Project Council

    DK0029, 2012, E-Government

  60. Overview of Public ICT Architecture

    DK0030, 2012, E-Government

  61. Publication of Educational Materials on the Government’s ICT Project Model

    DK0031, 2012, Capacity Building

  62. Smart Aarhus and Smart Region: Smart Aarhus

    DK0032, 2012, E-Government

  63. Smart Aarhus and Smart Region: Smart Region

    DK0033, 2012, E-Government