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Freedom of Association

OGP relies on the free operation of advocates and reformers to form non-profit, mission-driven organizations. Restrictive laws and underused plans continue to present challenges.


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Overview

Freedom of association, and the right to take collective action, is fundamental to open civic space. Exercised formally or informally, it allows for open and accountable political processes, a strong social fabric, and economic and business growth.

OGP relies on the free operation of advocates and reformers to form non-profit, mission-driven organizations. While many OGP countries focus on freedom of association commitments, restrictive laws and underused plans continue to present challenges.

Recommendations

Freedom of association is the right to join together freely to form a group, club, or civil society organization. It is infringed upon when a government regulates who can form an organization – and who can join – by passing laws limiting the ability to form, fund, and legally register independent organizations.

Following are steps governments can take, through OGP commitments, to ensure the freedom of association in their country.

  • Publish and share information on regulation activities of the government, vis-a-vis charities and civil society organizations
    • In Canada, the government has published information on regulation of charities
  • Reduce barriers to entry and simplify the requirements to register non-governmental organizations
    • In El Salvador, the government has proposed a law to reduce barriers to entry and simplify the legal requirements to register non-governmental organizations
  • Ease registration procedures, and increase access to financial and other resources
    • In Ukraine, the government has proposed legislation to make registration of community associations easier while expanding their access to resources and safeguarding their operations

Commitments

  1. Human Rights report

    UY0120, 2018, Civic Space

  2. NGO database, NGO fund

    LT0025, 2018, Civic Space

  3. Public services by NGOs

    LT0027, 2018, Capacity Building

  4. Feasibility study on NGO satellite account

    SK0077, 2017, Civic Space

  5. Punto de acceso ciudadano

    UY0089, 2016, Capacity Building

  6. Foriegn Aid Transparency

    SL0013, 2016, Aid

  7. Transparency of loans and aid from foreign countries

    MN0028, 2016, Aid

  8. Capacity strengthening for cooperation between the local self-government units and civil organizations

    MK0111, 2016, Capacity Building

  9. Favorable legal environment for social contracts

    MK0117, 2016, Civic Space

  10. transparency in aid management

    SE0015, 2016, Aid

  11. TRANSPARENCIA EN ORGANIZACIONES SOCIALES

    SV0078, 2016, Capacity Building

  12. Creation of NGO database.

    LT0022, 2016, Civic Space

  13. Creation of NGO fund.

    LT0023, 2016, Capacity Building

  14. LEY DE ORGANIZACIONES SOCIALES

    SV0090, 2016, Capacity Building

  15. Development of a uniform methodology for planning, monitoring and performance evaluation of programmes and projects implemented by civil society organisations and monitoring the spending of allocated funds

    RS0024, 2016, Capacity Building

  16. Amend the Regulation on Funds to Support Programmes or Missing Amount of Funds for Programmes of Public Interest implemented by Associations

    RS0025, 2016, Capacity Building

  17. Evaluate grant funding open data application

    SK0030, 2015, E-Government

  18. Sustainable model of financing NGOs

    LV0023, 2015, Civic Space

  19. Increased access to Swedish aid information

    SE0010, 2014, Aid

  20. Increased aid transparency at global level

    SE0012, 2014, Aid

  21. National Civil Society Fund Model Development

    LT0011, 2014, Civic Space

  22. Financing of charities

    UA0032, 2014, Civic Space

  23. Not-for-profit status for CSOs

    UA0033, 2014, Civic Space

  24. Transparent Financing of Civil Society Organizations

    RS0004, 2014, Civic Space

  25. Foreign aid and foreign investment

    MK0074, 2014, Aid

  26. Simplification and digital administration of arrangements for NGOs

    NO0044, 2013, Capacity Building

  27. Implementing the commitments in the Busan Partnership document

    SE0003, 2012, Aid

  28. Amendments to the law on community associations

    UA0002, 2012, Civic Space

  29. IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF THE INVOLVEMENT OF SOCIETY IN DECISION MAKING: NGO fund

    LV0001, 2012, Capacity Building

  30. IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF THE INVOLVEMENT OF SOCIETY IN DECISION MAKING: Trade union law

    LV0003, 2012, Civic Space


OGP Global Report Data

The data below is drawn from the 2019 OGP Global Report. You can view and learn more about the report here.

These are members making OGP commitments to improve their performance in the respective policy area. As members that have demonstrated political commitment through OGP, the next step is ensuring that implemented commitments have maximal impact.

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Indicates that member has a starred commitment in this policy area.


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