About CAL

The Civic Alliance – Latvia (CAL) is the largest umbrella organization that advocates for non-governmental sector (NGO) interests. CAL aim is to strengthen civil society in Latvia, support the common interests of NGOs and create a favorable environment for their activities. The Civic Alliance- Latvia unites more than 140 members, making up a total of approximately 70,000 individuals or 70% of all persons involved in NGOs in Latvia and 27,500 individuals abroad or 11% of the Latvian diaspora.


To represent the common interests of civil society, including associations and foundations, based on the fundamental freedoms of democracy and human rights.


The Civic Alliance-Latvian is a leading organization that implements high-quality dialogue with public administration and other decision-makers, creates a favourable environment for a strong, active and knowledgeable civil society at the local, national and international levels.

Strategic priorities:

1. Promote a legal and social environment conducive to the interests of civil society, a sustainable private and public finance model, and an efficient, transparent redistribution of public funding based on clearly defined criteria.

2. To increase the influence of civil society in the policy development process by ensuring an effective dialogue with decision-makers at the local, national and international levels and at all stages of decision-making.

3. Strengthen the capacity of civil society and active citizenship, while promoting good governance in the non-governmental sector.


1. Cooperation - constructive dialogue with public administration and other decision-makers, cooperation and exchange of experience between representatives of civil society and various sectors.

2. Competence - evidence-based expertise in civil society issues at the municipal, national and international levels.

3. Leadership - plays a leading role in defending the interests of a strong, active and knowledgeable civil society.

Areas of activity:

1. Representation and advovacy of interests. Represents and advocates for Latvian civil society, including associations and the common interests of civil society organisations and foundations at regional, national and European Union level, by participating in policy development, implementation and monitoring.

2. Access to information. Informs about current developments in civil society and advocates open governance to ensure that civil society is knowledgeable and informed and is involved as equal partners in the decision-making process.

3. Public participation. Ensuring civil society participation in decision-making in decision-making processes, encouraging civil society involvement and cooperation in decision-making processes local, regional, national, European Union level. Seeks to develop and put into practice a consolidated model of infrastructure for public participation.

4. Capacity building. Raises funds for the civic sector, organises seminars and other information and education activities, provides consultations and access to educational materials.

5. Explaining and promoting civil society activities in society. Represents and presents in Latvia and abroad the work and contribution of Latvian civil society to the nation and the world.

5. Cooperation. Initiates and implements measures to promote the development of cooperation between civil society and public administration as well as other sectors, building coalitions to address common issues.

7. Promoting civic participation in society. Initiates and implements awareness-raising activities and motivation for civic participation, and advocates for favourable legal, financial and practical (infrastructure) environment for civic action.

8. Civic education and civic competence. Initiates and implements measures to promote civic competence (a set of attitudes, knowledge and skills) for all age groups; and advocates the strengthening of civic literacy at national level in order to build a strong, active a strong and knowledgeable civil society.

The CAL expands activities according to statutes of the organization: strengthening Latvian civil society and creating a favorable environment for the activities of associations and foundations.
The day-to-day work of the organization is managed by director Kristine Zonberga. CAL board (consisting of seven board members) determines the strategic management issues of the organization. In 2019, the LPA developed its operational strategy for three years.

CAL structure

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CAL General Assembly (members' meeting) - the highest decision-making body of the organization.

CAL Board - decision-making body, operates between meetings of the General Assembly.

Director of the CAL - ensures that the decisions of the Members' Meeting and the Board are implemented, recruits staff and organises the day-to-day running of the office. The CAL Director is responsible for the implementation of the CAL Strategy and decicions on the payment of expenses incurred in the performance of the work of persons employed to assist the Director in the implementation of the Strategy.

CAL Office - implements activities to achieve the CAL's purpose, strategic priorities and vision, adhering to the CAL's values and the Code of Conduct for Associations and Foundations, the CAL's Conflict of Interest Guidelines, and ensuring that CAL staff adheres to the CAL's Employee Quality Standard.

CAL basics

CAL articles

Procedure for the nomination and representation of the delegated representatives of CAL

CAL Strategy 2022-2024

CAL ethical funding guidelines

Code of ethics for associations and foundations

Guidelines for the Prevention of Conflict of Interest of the Civic Alliance – Latvia

CAL membership policy

CAL logo

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