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NGO Sector in Norway Lillian Solheim Norwegian Helsinki Committee 19/06/2013.

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1 NGO Sector in Norway Lillian Solheim Norwegian Helsinki Committee 19/06/2013

2 The Norwegian Helsinki Committee

3 Why is NHC involved? The purpose of the NGO Funds corresponds with the working fundament of the Norwegian Helsinki Committee: - Empowerment of civil society - Support of democratic processes - Promotion of human rights

4 Role of the Helsinki Committe Facilitate bilateral partnership Distribute information NGO Fund launches Arrange seminars, workshops etc. Voice interests and needs of Norwegian civil society

5 Norwegian Civil Society NGOs 80 % of Norwegians are members of one or more organisations(s)

6 Volunteerism and professionalism combined Professional staff + active members who do voluntary work Half of the population participates in voluntary work annually Contribution of Norwegian volunteers = full time employees

7 Financial overview and funding organisations have annual budgets below 6250 Paradox: Many NGOs rely on state and government funding, but are also the most critical to the government Central and local governments: 36 % Private donors: 7 % Membership fees and sales: 57 %

8 From life-long membership to self-realisation…

9 A Nordic Paradigm?

10 Role of civil society organisations Channels of political influence Evaluate and criticise the government Interest representation Education Schools of democracy Provide a wide range of services

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12 Norway would probably not have had the worlds most developed and open democracy without the voluntary sector. PM Stoltenberg, 2006

13 Why a Norwegian partner? Professionalism Advocacy Interest-representation Umbrella organisations Membership organisations Resource mobilisation

14 ngonorway.org

15 More information and contact


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