Achievements of the Civic Alliance - Latvia in 2020
23.12.2020

2020 has been a productive year for the Civic Alliance - Latvia. We've created an expanded overview to look back at what we've done over the past year.


Highlights of 2020

The National Development Council enshrines the equal status of civil dialogue as that of social dialogue; support for Covid-19 crises and Belarusian civil society, co-organization of the first Democracy Week; implementation of several self-regulatory mechanisms.

The most important event: The CAL, together with the voluntary movement #vieglipalīdzēt, the youth organization “Protest” and the support of volunteers, organized a campaign dedicated to the 31st day of the Baltic Way: the “Baltic Way Freedom for Belarus". Within the framework of this campaign, two important events were organized - a procession from the Latvian-Belarusian-Russian border crossing to Piedruja, as well as a chain of people in Riga from the Freedom Monument to the Popular Front Museum. Some symbols of the organized campaign are included in the collections of the Popular Front Museum.

Introduction of self – regulatory mechanisms: The CAL developed several strategic documents of the organization – Membership Policy; regulations of members' work and interest groups; guidelines for the prevention of conflict of interest; the nomination and representation procedures of delegated representatives; Privacy Policy; ethical guidelines for fundraising.


Interest representation

Conclusions on draft regulatory enactments: 50+

Written submissions, including position letters: 67

Meetings: 360+

Representation in advisory councils: 11

Representation in international networks: 8

Cooperation agreements: 4

Issues: The CAL took the lead in addressing issues important to the civil sector, such as support mechanisms for associations and foundations in crisis; issues related to the prevention of financial risks; participation in the process of development of the NDC, Cohesion Policy Guidelines, the new Law on Local Governments and other projects. The CAL consistently worked on access to finance for associations and foundations.

CAL represents the interests of associations and foundations at a local level: Riga City Council Advisory Council on Social Integration (until August); At a national level: Council for Implementation of the Memorandum of Cooperation between CSOs and the Cabinet of Ministers; KNAB's Public Advisory Council; CSO Fund Strategic Planning Committee; Permanent Representative of CSOs to State Secretaries’ meetings; CSO dialogue platform on immigrant integration; NICSIPG Implementation Monitoring Board; National Electronic Media Council Public Advisory Board (SKP); “"Promoting Diversity" Supervisory Board.

At EU level: European Civic Forum council, Coordinating Committee of the Baltic Sea CSO Forum; National focal point of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.

CAL participation in international networks: ALDA, CIVICUS, AGNA, European Civic Forum, Baltic Sea Region CSO Network; OECD Innovative Citizen Participation Network; European Citizens' Initiative Ambassadors network, EU Agency for Fundamental Rights Platform.

CAL has signed cooperation agreements with LCCI, Manabalss.lv, Team Europe of European Commission, law firm Sorainen for pro-bono legal support.

The CAL conducts research on the civil society sector in order to ensure the representation of interests based on data and facts and to plan the development of civil society in Latvia.


Research

Reports: 4

Thematic analysis: 10

Summaries of citizens' opinions: 3

Thematic summaries of BN representatives' opinions: 10

In 2020, several reports were produced:

  • The Civil Society Organization Sustainability Index;
  • An overview of the display of public participation information on municipal websites”;
  • Latvian associations and foundations in numbers – a study of the current situation in Latvia;
  • Research on the amount of donations to associations and foundations.


The CAL regularly carried out thematic research - research and compilation of the opinion of associations, foundations and the public, which is necessary for interest representation activities in order to express the common interests of civil society. The CAL also conducted regular summaries of views and developed common positions based on the agreements reached during the meeting.

Taking into account the fact that in 2020 the policy planning documents for the next seven years, the new Law on Local Governments, were drafted, the CAL conducted public opinion polls on a cohesive and civic-active society, basic conditions for public participation and macroeconomic issues.


Capacity

Consultations: 400+

Funding: available funding in 2020 – around € 5 million and increasing support in the coming years

Training: 10 onsite trainings, 15 online trainings; 1 e-training course

Consultations: CAL provided more than 200 consultations on such topics as organizational management, legal issues, document management, accounting, fundraising, etc.; The Riga Region Coordinator-Consultant of the Active Citizens Fund provided 185 consultations on ACF issues.

Funding: CSO fund 1.2 million with a gradual increase in the following years or 1.6 million in 2021 and 1.8 million euro in 2022; crisis program "Support for associations and foundations to mitigate the negative effects of the Covid-19 crisis" in the amount of 600,000 euro; 8.5 million euro Active population fund with available financing in 2020 – about 3 million euro; In cooperation with other associations and foundations, 1.6 billion euro has been allocated to the European Values Instrument in the new EU budget programming period.

CAL provided training to strengthen capacity (advocacy, organization of accounting and record keeping, audience attraction, risks of conflict of interest, etc.).

In addition, the Active Citizens Fund organized seminars on Strategic and Action project competitions, project financial conditions and basic accounting principles, Strategic Project Workshop, ACF project days.

In cooperation with foreign partners, the e-learning platform SCOPE has been created for organization, risk and financial management, communication, financial attraction.

To ensure public participation in the political process in the country, the CAL organizes discussions, meetings and public events to raise issues relevant to civil society.


Promoting participation

Public discussions: 11

Thematic e-meetings: 10

Public events: 4

Public events: Discussions during the Democracy Week "What kind of society do we want to live in?", "What is the role of civil society in democracy?", "Who and how builds human securitability?”; support campaign "Baltic Way Freedom for Belarus", event “How open is society to various forms of support to strengthen civil society”. 

Public discussions: In February, discussions “Citizens' debate about a cohesive society” took place (in Aizkraukle, Daugavpils, Valmiera, Liepaja and Riga), while in October, discussions “With today's experience for more active public participation tomorrow” took place with representatives of Vidzeme, Latgale, Kurzeme, Zemgale and Riga regions. Discussion “My opinion on tomorrow's economy” in cooperation with the Bank of Latvia.

The head of the CAL participated in the discussion organized by the President on Latvia's contribution to the UN and the possibility to run for the UN Security Council in the 2025 elections.

The CAL regularly organized thematic meetings to discuss draft legislation and civil society issues, to find common solutions and to agree on a common position. Most of the topics of meetings in 2020 were the crisis caused by Covid-19.

The CAL explains and promotes the activities of civil society in society.


Publicity

News pages: 49

Financial news: 12

CAL news: 38

Press releases: 14

News subscriptions: 2500+

Followers on social media: 4900+

Video: 8

Awards for CSO: 5

Recipients of the CAL News - weekly newsletter: representatives of organized civil society, activists, representatives of the state, local governments, business and media, foreign diplomats, etc.

CAL news recipients: weekly news in English for international organizations, diplomatic corps in Latvia, foreign chambers of commerce and investors.

8 videos: The award ceremony and videos of five laureates of the Human Development Awards, The "Baltic Way Freedom for Belarus”; CAL 15th anniversary celebration video.

Awards: Human Development in 5 categories  “On social responsibility”, “For outstanding contribution for education”, “For an outstanding contribution to health and well-being”, “For an outstanding contribution to the future of Latvia” and one special award –“For selfless work on the negative effects of Covid-19”.

CAL continues informative cooperation with “LV portāls”.

Publicity: news agency LETA, LVportāls, lsm.lv, LTV1 and TV3 news releases, LR1 and LR4, Re:TV, TV Kurzeme and other regional TV, Tvnet.lv, diena.lv, Satori.lv., delfi.lv, regional media – Kurzemnieks, Rīgas Apriņķu avīze, Newspapers of Aloja, Krimulda, Limbazi and Salacgriva municipalities, etc.. Municipal websites: Liepaja.lv, Ķeguma novads, Olaines novada pašvaldība, etc.

CAL activated its profile Mobilly and in November participated in Mobilly's donation campaign #WhiteFriday.


Civic education

In 10 years, 18,000+ young people were educated within the civic education program “Young Citizen”.

In 2020: 2400+ students, 100+ schools, 170+ classes, 20+ initiatives.

As well as in the National Defense Training lesson “Politically Active Citizen” in 2020: 800+ students, 60 schools, 101 classes.


 With this 2020 report, the Civic Alliance - Latvia is temporarily saying goodbye – CAL News will not be published for some time, but we hope that we will be able to inform you again about the current events of the non-governmental sector and civil society in Latvia!

See you in 2021!