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Youth for democracy – transparency and good governance in allocating and managing public funds for youth activities by local authorities

Romania

Project Facts

Project objective: Increased involvement of NGOs in policy and decision-making processes with local, regional and national governments
Project promoter: Center for Educational Policies (CPE)
Type of institution: Other type of NGO
Project number: RO09-0327
Target group(s): Non governmental organisation, Young adults,
Status: Completed
Initial project cost: € 83,539
Final project costs: € 80,436
From EEA Grants: € 0
The project is carried out in: Romania

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This is a project under the programme: Funds for Non-governmental Organisations
Priority sector: Civil Society

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Summary of project results

 

The project focused on the lack of transparency in the use of financial resources for youth. The need for the project was generated by the public authorities’ lack of interest in supporting youth activities, by the unclear legislation, or by the lack of objective and transparent evaluation criteria of the youth projects, funded through public grants. The project’s objectives were to increase the transparency level in managing public funding for youth projects at a county and local level and to increase young people’s ability and youth NGOs’ capacity to access funds and become involved in decision making processes concerning these funds. As a direct result of the project, a watchdog network was developed with the intent to monitor the way in which the resources for youth have been managed, at the local level. Consequently, a diagnosis report was issued, in order to portrait the status quo of the public resources for youth management, available at the national level. The major impact of these actions consisted in involving and mobilising over 100 youth NGOs in obtaining public funding for youth at a local level, and also in increasing the amount of public funding with over 500,000 Euro at the local level and almost 250,000 Euro at county level, practically doubling the existing amount available through the Ministry of Youth and Sports. Another important result is the good practice guide concerning the involvement of NGOs in the good governance of youth funding at the local level, which was sent to the county and local councils - a tool for public workers to responsibly deal with the management of youth funding. In the same time, the guide is also addressed to youth NGOs, with the purpose of contributing to an increase in the level of involvement in decision making processes, and of encouraging a proactive behaviour, as far as decision making processes and public policy making is concerned. Also, a diagnosis was undertaken concerning the way public authorities allocated and managed funds for youth projects. The project also managed to increase the capacity of over 100 youth NGOs to access public funds and become involved in decision making processes, by training around 200 young people. The online platform developed in the project - http://tineripentrudemocratie.cpedu.ro - is another useful tool for those who want to get involved in the domain.

 


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