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Civil Society and Good Governance in Societies in Transition (CSGG)


Project summary:

The project aimed at a comparative analysis of the role and impact of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) on good governance in seven countries of South Eastern Europe. In each country, civil society organisations active in the field were mapped and information on the legal framework, its application in practice, the types and structures of organisations operating in the field of good governance was provided. Good and bad practices were identified. The situation and experience in the different countries were compared during a workshop in Graz, where the preliminary country studies were also reviewed.

Finally a study was published, containing not only the country studies, but also general and specific conclusions, i.e. with regard to the specific role and impact of civil society organisations, their achievements and shortcomings, the relationship to the state, to the economic sector and to organised crime as well as their contribution to a culture of human rights and the rule of law.


Project dates:

CSGG took place with the participating states Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia  from 15.06.2005 until 31.05.2006 and was funded by the Austrian Science and Liaison Offices Ljubljana/Slovenia and Sofia/Bulgaria (ASOs).