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CINEFOGO researchers suggest a New Governance Model of NPOs in Italy

In the Italian third sector, there seems to be a field of tension, which on the one hand is paralysing many organisations but on the other is opening up opportunities for new experimentation. The CINEFOGO Network suggests to restructure the governance model of non-profit organisations in Italy.

The Italian third sector was historically a small, informal and welfare-oriented sector, which was characterized by a strong presence of organisations based exclusively on volunteers and small professional organisations. This means that the Italian State compared to other EU countries has had a limited role in providing public regulation and financial support to non-profit organisations that deliver social services. However, in the recent decades efforts have been made by local authorities to involve the third sector in social policies and a general framework for financial relations has been made between them. Nevertheless, this has led to more polarization, more competition and small non-profit organisations have been forced to make alliances. Prof. Ranci and Prof. Montagnini explain that the professionalization has weakened the root based identity of organisations because they have went from small to medium sized organisations with local roots and no strong connections with a broader and more structured network. Moreover, the NPOs see professionalization as an attack on their identity as entrepreneurships take control of the organisations, which in many ways leads to a static and blocked market because the NPOs try to keep their identity and to block the competition through local alliances. CINEFOGO researchers therefore conclude that these changes in the Italian third sector require a restructuring of governance model of non-profit organisations. And in order to preserve the identity of the third sector it is suggested that regulatory systems recognise participation as a criterion of quality to be attributed to organisations. In other words, there is a need for forms of certification and support which consider not only its soundness as a business and employer, but also the levels of real participation and democracy. If you are interested in hearing more about the topic, do not hesitate to contact scientific communications consultant Ellen-Kristina Kristensen on telephone number +45 4674 3307 or mail ellenk@ruc.dk Source web: http://www.cinefogo.org/workpackages/wp27/index_html Working paper is available to download from the CINEFOGO outcomes database: http://cinefogo.cuni.cz/index.php?&id_result=8520&l=0&w=15&id_out=534

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