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Current Trends in Self-Regulation of Civil Society Organizations

This paper aims to provide a general overview of the different types of selected self-regulation models introduced at the European and international level. It discusses reasons for adoption of self-regulations; types of self-regulatory initiatives and issues for consideration when designing a tailor-made self-regulation; compliance and enforcement mechanisms for implementation; examples of the European and regional/international self-regulatory models, with the analysis of the potential benefits and challenges of each model; and provides conclusions extracted from the examples.

Self-regulatory initiatives are adopted by  CSOs with the aim to establish and agree on well-defined set of common standards that will have positive impact on the organization’s accountability and effectiveness both internally and externally. They are driven by the shared will to cooperate on a voluntary basis to achieve better results in CSOs’ everyday operation and compelled by the common interest/goal of the scheme’s members.

The paper was elaborated at request of the Legal Transformation Center and Assembly of Pro-Democratic NGOs of Belarus.

The paper is also available in Russian and Belarusian.