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Lithuania

National Civil Society Fund Model Development (LT0011)

Overview

At-a-Glance

Action Plan: Not Attached

Action Plan Cycle: 2014

Status: Inactive

Institutions

Lead Institution: Ministry of Social Security and Labor

Support Institution(s): NA

Policy Areas

Civic Space, Fiscal Transparency, Freedom of Association

IRM Review

IRM Report: Lithuania End-of-Term Report 2014-2016

Starred: No

Early Results: Did Not Change

Design i

Verifiable: No

Relevant to OGP Values: Civic Participation

Potential Impact:

Implementation i

Completion:

Description

Several versions of the model for the National Civil Society Fund have been designed. They have been discussed with social partners and the selected version has been presented at the Government Strategic Committee.

IRM End of Term Status Summary

Commitment 5. National Civil Society Fund Model Development

Commitment Text:

Initiative 2: public participation in public governance

Area: raising civic awareness

Action: To develop a model for the National Civil Society Fund.

Expected outcome:

Several versions of the model for the National Civil Society Fund have been designed. They have been discussed with social partners and the selected version has been presented at the Government Strategic Committee.

Responsible institution: Ministry of Social Security and Labour

Supporting institutions: Not specified

Start date: not specified.........   End date: 2014

 

Commitment aim:

This commitment aims to develop a model for the National Civil Society Fund to distribute government funding to Lithuanian NGOs.

Lithuania does not have a centralised fund to distribute government funding to NGOs. As revealed by experts interviewed,[Note 23: Interview with Martinas Zaltauskas, 1 September 2016.] officials have been debating the usefulness of such a mechanism for many years. However, the government has not taken any specific action on the matter since 1990. Currently, NGO financial sustainability largely depends on smaller-scale, project-based funding for organisations, and that funding comes mainly from international foundations, the European Commission, foreign embassies, and corporate donors. This commitment aims to supplement NGO financing with established public-funding mechanisms.

Status

Midterm: Limited

Prior to the development of the OGP action plan in 2014, the Ministry of Social Security and Labour conducted an exploratory study on relevant experiences from a number of countries and developed an initial concept for the funding mechanism for NGOs.[Note 24: The document can be downloaded here: http://bit.ly/1Sp4Bax.]

During the first year of action plan implementation, the ministry conducted a thorough analysis of best practices from Latvia, Estonia, Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Poland and developed two alternatives of the fund model: centralised and specialised. Because the government did not discuss the alternative models with social partners or present them to the Government Strategic Committee, the IRM researcher noted the commitment had limited completion.

Refer to midterm report for the full analysis.

End of term: Substantial

The interview with the representative of the NGO Council[Note 25: Interview with Martinas Zaltauskas, 1 September 2016.] (a body, representing NGO interests in the government, see midterm report) revealed that during 2016, the government presented two fund alternatives to the NGO Council. The NGO Council rejected both alternatives as not feasible and suggested a third model option for further considerations. Implementing the NGO fund will not happen before 2018 (see below). The government developed several models and discussed them with social partners. However, because the government did not present the final model to the Strategic Committee, the commitment was substantially implemented. 

Did it open government?

Civic participation: Did not change

This commitment is relevant to the OGP value of civic participation as it is intended to strengthen the enabling environment for civil society through NGO and public-sector support by establishing a sustainable funding mechanism. However, the potential impact of the commitment lies with further implementation of the funding model. The development of the fund model itself is only a prerequisite to achieving its objectives. In particular, substantial work needs to be done to ensure transparency of the funding mechanism and objectivity and impartiality in its further functioning.

Carried forward?

The third national action plan takes this commitment further and promises to establish the NGO fund before the end of 2018. As worded in the action plan, the purpose of the fund is to:

1. Finance the strengthening of institutional capacities of NGOs required for participation in the public decision-making process;

2. Draft proposals by NGOs on decisions of public governance and presentation to the interested institutions and the public; and

3. Strengthen capacities of NGO representatives required for the drafting and presentation of such proposals.


Commitments

  1. Open Data

    LT0024, 2018, E-Government

  2. NGO Database, NGO Fund

    LT0025, 2018, Civic Space

  3. Publish Fiscal Information

    LT0026, 2018, E-Government

  4. Public Services by NGOs

    LT0027, 2018, Capacity Building

  5. Monitoring and Evlauation for Public Participation

    LT0028, 2018, Public Participation

  6. Legislative Process Evaluation

    LT0029, 2018, Capacity Building

  7. Build Open Data Portal, and Integrate Into the European Single Digital Market.

    LT0015, 2016, Capacity Building

  8. Publicize Information About Government Activities and Civic Participation in Governance.

    LT0016, 2016, Capacity Building

  9. Publish Online Information About Revenues and Spending of National and Municipal Institutions

    LT0017, 2016, E-Government

  10. Create and Broadcast Social Advertisements That Target Corruption in the Healthcare System

    LT0018, 2016, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  11. Create Legal, Organizational and Technical Tools to Easily Access Detailed Information About Election and Voting Procedures

    LT0019, 2016, E-Government

  12. Create Public Consultation Mechanism

    LT0020, 2016, Capacity Building

  13. Foster Open Public Governance Culture in Public Sector

    LT0021, 2016, Capacity Building

  14. Creation of NGO Database.

    LT0022, 2016, Civic Space

  15. Creation of NGO Fund.

    LT0023, 2016, Capacity Building

  16. Public Service Quality Improvements

    LT0007, 2014, Capacity Building

  17. Developing and Promoting E-Services

    LT0008, 2014, E-Government

  18. Encouraging Public Participation

    LT0009, 2014, E-Government

  19. Raising Civic Awareness

    LT0010, 2014, Education

  20. National Civil Society Fund Model Development

    LT0011, 2014, Civic Space

  21. Accessibility of Public Information

    LT0012, 2014, E-Government

  22. Public Decision-Making Transparency

    LT0013, 2014, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  23. Promoting Anti-Corruption Education

    LT0014, 2014, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  24. Increase of the Accessibility of the Information Held by Public Administration Authorities.

    LT0001, 2012, Records Management

  25. Centralised Publishing of Information on Government Activities

    LT0002, 2012, Records Management

  26. More Extensive Public Consultations

    LT0003, 2012, Public Participation

  27. Promotion of Public Participation in Public Administration Processes

    LT0004, 2012, Legislature

  28. Increasing the Accessibility of Services Provided to the Public.

    LT0005, 2012, E-Government

  29. Promotion of Public Participation in the Process for the Improvement of Service Provision

    LT0006, 2012, Public Participation