To jointly establish a clear, actionable, and funded national strategy to strengthen the state-civil society partnership

Hui E! Proposal 2

To jointly establish a clear, actionable, and funded national strategy to strengthen the state-civil society partnership—both in service provision and in policy-making—and the capability of civil society to work in such a partnership. The strategy should include measures for the evaluation of effectiveness and civil society organisations should be included in the development, implementation, and monitoring of the strategy. The strategy should be driven by available data on the sector.

This proposal addresses the OGP Values of: Access to information, and improving public accountability.

The term “Civil Society”

In this proposal we use the term ‘civil society’ because the term is used in the majority of countries in the world, by the United Nations and by the OGP in their statements and publications. The term reinforces the sector’s legal independence and rights, including freedoms of assembly and association, freedom to form associations in the ways participants decide, and freedom to express their perspective on issues without fear. The term ‘community and voluntary sector’ is common in New Zealand but it lacks definition and the context of internationally recognised rights.

CIVICUS world alliance for citizen participation, of which Hui E! is a member, defines civil society as ‘the arena, outside of the family, the state and the market, which is created by individual and collective actions, organisations and institutions to advance shared interests’. ‘Civil society therefore encompasses civil society organisations (CSOs) and also less formalised groups and individuals”. 

Why the contribution is important

This proposal came from a series of hui organised by Hui E! Community Aotearoa.

Currently NZ lacks the essential strategy that is needed, to even develop the kind of collaboration we need to be able to address the complex problems we face as a nation.

Currently we have "Kia Tutahi" a 'relationship agreement which DIA is responsible for. However it lacks any accountability mechanisms at all, for civil society organisations to be able to hold government agencies to account when the government agencies make decisions that damage or undermine the ability to provide the kind of community services NZers want.

At DIA's request Hui E! did a survey of community organisations' awareness of Kia Tutahi, and we found less than 13% of the almost 1,000 respondents even knew about Kia Tutahi.

 

by DaveHenderson on August 22, 2016 at 05:50PM

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