Network #4: Partnerships – Cocreation and cooperation with municipalities

The Nordic Countries pride themselves with being welfare states where the local municipalities have a large responsibility for the well-being of their residents. However, it varies how well they deal with the challenges of caring for people in vulnerable situations. Then it is up to civil society organizations to take up the gauntlet for the people.  

As a member you will get the opportunity to become a part of a Nordic network of dedicated people that will share their knowledge and advocacy tools. 

The network is relevant for organisations that advocate for people who are reliant on services from their own municipalities.

All members are expected to attend all network meetings and share their experiences and insights. Participants will be encouraged to hold digital side meetings with other participants in the network to develop beneficial strategies. 

Network meeting #1: The inner workings of public administration – What are the obligations of municipalities in the welfare area and how are they met? What is the basis of realistic co-operation between local municipalities and NGOs built on mutual trust and defined roles?  
Date: 28.02.24 at 13:00-15:00 CET

Network meeting #2: Nothing about us without us – NGOs play a crucial role in informing the public sector about the needs and will of people in vulnerable positions. How can NGOs ensure that their voice is heard and acted upon? How can NGOs build their capacity and empower their clients?
Date: 10.04.24 at 13:00-15:00 CET

Network meeting #3: Early interventions – Systems are often built and administered by people who lack the relevant insights into the needs of people in vulnerable positions. As a result the systems are catered to the majority of the population, but not everyone. How can NGOs have an early say in the implementation of new systems so that their clients are not unduly affected?
Date: 18.09.24 at 13:00-15:00 CET

Network meeting #4: The Case for Independent Living – The dangers of the welfare system include silo thinking, insufficient resources and unclear responsibilities of providers. User-controlled personal assistance (UC-PA) is a holistic approach to providing assistance on the terms of the individual. Yet it faces an uncertain future in many places. What are the pros and cons of user-controlled services? 
Date: 06.11.24 at 13:00-15:00

In this network, we look at the role of municipalities and non-governmental organizations, the overlap of responsibilities, communication and the involvement of organizations in decision-making and implementation. We will seek to clarify the respective responsibilities and share stories about best practices, funding and impact. 

The network is intended for leaders in organisations that advocate for people who rely on services from their own municipalities. All meetings are online, and the spoken languages is English.  

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