INTERSECTORAL(CROSS-SECTOR) PARTNERSHIP PROGRAMME
I. Need for intersectoral partnership
major reasons necessitate the elaboration and implementation of an
Intersectoral Partnership Programme (ISPP) at the Resource Center
general situation and popular moods in the country. After years of
arduous transition, there are signs that people are disillusioned,
discontent and disappointed in their expectations that political and
administrative changes at the top of the government pyramids would
effectively resolve their concrete local problems. People are
increasingly realizing that they themselves are the only mainstay
and hope of changing their own lives. Partnerships offer support in
this situation – they foster trust in one’s own capacities and
strengthen belief in the possibility to seek and identify common
goals and common solutions to common issues by pooling efforts and
mobilizing the resources of all stakeholders and participants in
developing the ISPP, the RC is fulfilling its mission in a specific
but very important aspect: the Center is meeting a distinct need in
the Bulgarian NGO community by providing services and training for
cross-sectoral partnership building and operation, propagating
partnering as a universal method of work among people and
organizations, mobilizing sectoral resources in the solution of
concrete problems, multiplying the impact of the NGO community on
ISPP adds an important and modern dimension to the work of the RC.
The effective and influential international and national NGOs are
striving to develop partnerships and to promote partnering in their
environment, and thereby aim to increase their impact on the
different sectors in society by reaching out to different strata and
social groups – governmental and nongovernmental organizations and
institutions, business structures, the media, the academic
community, etc. They are even identifying new areas which they
subject to theoretical research, and are exploring partnership as a
specific scientific, academic and research sphere. If the ISPP gains
momentum and is implemented properly, the RC will be recognized as
an organization that applies the principles of and disseminates an
avant-garde social technology applied by the international community
not only in the NGO sector but also in the other sectors of society.
the RC’s ultimate goal is to build and promote civil/open society
in Bulgaria by building up the NGO sector, the RC must develop,
promote, cultivate and foster partnering, partner relations and
partnership as a kind of ideology. Apart from a method and
methodology, partnership is also a specific philosophy and worldview
of citizens, which is in direct opposition to the worldview and
ideologies of division and confrontation. Partnership is an ideology
of civic integrity, of social cohesion, of understanding and
cooperation among the social sectors, organizations, groups and
individuals. Precisely to measure partnership, Bulgaria’s NGO and
other sectors need information and services that will help them
recognize the potential of this methodology/approach and
philosophy/worldview for civil/open society.
is a methodology of mobilizing and integrating resources – not
only financial, but also material, technical, human, intellectual,
know-how and other resources – for the resolution of concrete
community problems. Hence the development and implementation of the
ISPP will be of benefit to the RC as a specific mechanism of winning
new partners, fund-raising, identifying appropriate issues of
interest to the different sectors and, respectively, settling them
on the basis of an intersectoral partnership approach. In this
respect the ISPP will be capable of providing services to the NGO
sector and the RC’s priority partners.
partnership methodology and approach end in-sectoral isolation and
build bridges between sectors by involving them in the settlement of
common problems and pursuing a synergetic effect. That is why the
ISPP and the RC respectively will come to personify the constant
openness of the NGO sector to the other sectors, turning into a role
model of how people could and should work on a partnership basis.
partnership methodology and its competent application are
particularly important for NGOs, since their mission is – by
definition - to serve as the basis for social cohesion and
understanding, and as the link between all sectors in society. In
fact, the successful NGO is an NGO that can and does win partners
and resources to fulfill its mission, objectives and tasks.
developing the ISPP, the RC has a better opportunity to study,
analyze and understand the needs and environment not only of the NGO
sector, but also of the other sectors. This will enable the RC to
“fine-tune” its current priorities. The ISPP will help extend
the outreach of RC services, consultancy, training, etc.
Mission, values, principles and goals
ISPP mission is actually identical to the RC mission, but in a more
concrete dimension. The raison
d’etre of the ISPP is to facilitate the development of
Bulgaria’s NGO sector by disseminating, propagating, cultivating
and applying partnership as a methodology and philosophy of action,
by training key figures in society’s main sectors how to apply
partnership in the solution of problems at the national and local
general, the ISPP’s goals are:
To facilitate the development of the Bulgarian NGO sector by
pursuing and fulfilling its own mission;
To facilitate the RC’s development in the various areas of the
latter’s activities – more specifically, by promoting and
establishing relations with potential partner organizations at the
international, national and local levels; by developing and
implementing projects in the spirit of its own mission and the
RC’s broader vision; by ensuring the RC’s “extra-sectoral”
presence by providing expert advice and training for the government,
business and other sectors in society.
To facilitate the development of partnership and implementation of
joint projects between the NGO sector and government for the purpose
of achieving public benefit results. To relieve the State from
extrinsic social activities and responsibilities. To assist the
State in spheres in which the NGO sector has proved its efficiency.
To lobby the authorities for the establishment of an enabling legal
and tax environment for the Third Sector.
Cooperation and, in particular, intersectoral cooperation, interaction
and partnership among individuals, organizations and institutions,
is a core value of the ISPP;
Respect for and acknowledgment of the value and self-value, dignity and
interest of every individual, organization and sector with their
specific culture, relations, internal organization, objectives and
Openness and readiness to seek and identify meaningful common goals, and
to tackle common issues irrespective of who has raised them;
Sharing experience from international and national internal practices
demonstrating the strength and potential of partnership approaches;
People, personalities or individuals are the main and prime source of
positive changes; all results depend on their style, relations and
ISPP upholds and applies the main partnership principles, more
Openness and transparency of actions; preclusion of doubts about a
discrepancy between declared intentions and practical actions;
Balance of interests, responsibilities and obligations, on the one hand,
and acquisition of benefits, on the other;
Equality of all who are working for and contributing to the attainment of
goals and fulfillment of tasks.
resolved by the ISPP:
The state of the national economy does not encourage the development and
activity of non-profit organizations.
It is absolutely imperative to find an effective mechanism of encouraging
not-for-profit legal entities to pursue public benefit activities.
More than 90% of the funds of Bulgaria’s non-profit organizations come
from foreign financial sources.
This means that should the latter withdraw, 90% of the activities of
non-profit organizations would be terminated.
is absolutely imperative to create an enabling legal and tax
The undeveloped system of philanthropy in Bulgaria and pursuit of other
forms of charitable activities by non-profit organizations
necessitates the creation of more attractive conditions for donors
in the country.
Establishing financial sustainability of non-profit organizations also
requires preferential treatment of their economic activity and
entitlement to recover input VAT charged.
due consideration for these and other problems in the legislation on
not-for-profit legal entities (NPLEs), the working groups
established in 2000 have acquired permanent status under the
Foundations ISPP this year.
For more information, please write us to firstname.lastname@example.org