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Andreas Ericsson presentation at Social Forum, the 10 of june 2014.

Andreas Ericsson presentation at Social Forum, the 10 of june 2014.



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  • ––– Forum and volunteering in Sweden
  • –––Forum
  • Forum for Voluntary Social Work  Umbrella / interest organisation for Swedish national voluntary social organisations  Aim: Improve conditions for social voluntary work  Three main areas  Policy  Knowledge  Tools
  • Members Brottsofferjourernas riksförbund Civilförsvarsförbundet Diakonistiftelsen Samariterhemmet ExtraKompis Fenix Frivillig vänjänst Frälsningsarmén Föreningen för Hörselskadade och Döva Barn med Familjer Hela Människan HOPP-riksorganisationen mot sexuella övergrepp Individuell Människohjälp IOGT-NTO KFUM Sverige Lions Clubs International LP-verksamheten Majblommans riksförbund Riksförbundet BRIS Riksförbundet Sveriges fritids- och hemgårdar Riksföreningen Sveriges Stadsmissioner Riksorganisationen för kvinnojourer och tjejjourer i Sverige ROKS Rädda Barnen Sensus Studieförbund Sociala Missionen Studieförbundet Vuxenskolan Styvmorsviolen Svensk förening för folkhälsoarbete Svenska Kyrkan Svenska Röda Korset Sveriges Blåbandförbund Sveriges Frikyrkosamråd Sveriges Invandrare Mot Narkotika (SIMON) Sveriges Kvinnojourers riksförbund Sveriges Makalösa Föräldrar Viljans frivilligcentral Våga Värna Varandra
  • Activities Volontärbyrån Volounteer matching agency Techsoup IT-donations Nytta Social enterprises market place Ideella jobb Job pasting board Överenskommelsen Continous talk between gov´t, local regions and third sector
  • ––– first, some history
  • ––– Then what? Sedated?
  • Did the welfare state kill civil society and volunteering?  Active volunteers: 48% of population engaged on average 16 h/month  Coexists and thrives with the welfare state!  Identifies and solves need and develop methods– often public authorites takes over / builds on ths works  Now: Higher understanding that NGOs has a value of their own and is the best suited agent.
  • Fundamentals for our work Constitutional right to organise and freedom of speech A free press That the principle of legality is upheld Political freedom, and parliamentarism Funding regimes supporting real independence A mixed economy of welfare A high level of trust and solidarity
  • Civil Society sector in Sweden  Stems from people movement - “Folkrörelse”  200 000 organisations (49% less than 9 years)  32 million memberships (population base 9 million)  Active volunteers: 51% of population engage on average 14 h/month (168 h/year)  24% employed in sector, 76% volunteers  Share of GDP 6%
  • Swedish Civil Society Strengths  The welfare system has many sources – civil society strong and important actor - historically and today  Idea based and value driven – not only complementing public services  Experience and knowledge – enjoys a unique trust  Involvement a driving force and voluntary leadership  Voice – for societal development and for unheard groups  No specific legislation – freedom of association
  • Volunteering The amount of direct help, i.e. social work is rising dramatically, these 19 % is the same as 500 000 persons, which is the same as Swedens second largest city.
  • Future for NGOs  Financial challenge  Aging population  More expensive health care (?)  Immigration / obstacles to the labour market  Current discussion on best suited principal for health and social care, based on eonom
  • ––– But funding?
  • Civil society in Sweden • A financial structure that support independence • Less funding for the base… • …and more project funding • Drainpipe systems • New social contract? • CSR
  • Voluntary Organisation Funding Sources Type of funding % million €  Membership fees 30 2120  Own sales, lotteries… 30 2120  Public financing 30 2120  Donations, fundraising 10 738 TOTAL 100 7098
  • Sources of Public Funding Type of funding % million € State grants/subsidies 33 690 Counties grants/subsidies 7 149 Municipalities grants/subsidies 19 392 Service delivery (mainly county/municipality) 41 889* TOTAL 100 2120
  • Recipients of Public Funding Sector % Education 43 Sports 19 International aid 15 Disability 8 Social work 5 Political parties 5 Culture 2 Misc. 3 TOTAL 100 (of € 690) Public funding of € 1231 pays back 15917  13 times!
  • ––– Third sector– private partnership
  • Today Swedish welfare understood as a gov´t funded and executed health care Now a gov´t funded and execution by mixed principals However, welfare has a bigger picture Procurement processes ill suited for NGOs, designed for large corporations Procured / check based systems Over-implemented EU procurement rules No venture capital for NGOs
  • Grants Short-term Administration Weak connection to results Supports independence NGO owns intellectual property Sparks ideas Positive externalities
  • Procurement Competition Service Public authorities owns intellectual property Long(er)term
  • NGO / Public partnerhip A model inbetween grant funding and procurement Allows multiple actors Support the aim, not the problem Tested, not tried Political interest
  • NGO / Public partnerhip Initiated by the NGO Public interest Not a part of the organisations grant Non-market conditions Both agents gives resources Not regulated by the authorities Long relationships
  • ––– Enjoy Stockholm!