Changing governance: how are civil society organisations in the UK and overseas experiencing the shift from government to governance?

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National Council for Voluntary Organisations (Great Britain)
Date of publication
1 October 2008
NCVO/ERSC NGPA seminar series
Social Policy
Social welfare
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This report is a summary of presentations and discussions from the seminar which took place on 9 October 2008 at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations. This seminar sought to explore how civil society organisations in the UK and other countries are experiencing the shift from government to governance; and share insights on the implications of changing governance structures and processes for civil society organisations. The seminar found that in the UK, there is still a lack of appreciation of the constraints affecting the third sector in terms of time and resources, and a poor understanding of what the third sector actually is and what it does. Further, it considered that civil society organisations can enhance participation because they bring people together, but they can also be a barrier to direct engagement where organisational interests differ from community interests.

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