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Conference on Third Sector Organizations in CEE Countries

Conference "The Role of Third Sector Organisations in Changing Welfare Systems in Central and Eastern European Countries" will be held as a part of the CINEFOGO Network at Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana, 5-6 February 2009

5 February 2009 - 6 February 2009

Third sector organisations in Central and Eastern European Countries reveal similar characteristics that simultaneously distinguish them from third sector organisations in other societies. These inward similarities and outward differences can be explained in the context of the state-socialist type of welfare system that prevailed in these societies for almost half a century. There has been a ”boom” in the development of third sector organisations after the system change, however, the third sector in these countries is still heavily ambiguous. Moreover, despite the general similarities there are striking differences in the level of development and characteristics of third sector organisations that emerged in a relatively short period in the mentioned societies. Especially in terms of development of service providing organisations and how these organisations are becoming integrated in the changing welfare systems.

Our primary aim is therefore to search for and explain the interdependence among changes in entire welfare systems and changes in the importance, character and the role of third sector organisations in Central and Eastern European societies.

Source web: CINEFOGO
CINEFOGO is an acronym for Network of Excellence “Civil Society and New Forms of Governance in Europe – the Making of European Citizenship”. CINEFOGO aims at enhancing the understanding of social and democratic processes, citizenship and democratic participation in Europe. It seeks to provide knowledge about civil society, citizenship and social protection, nourish a public debate on governance and strengthen intellectual co-operation. To learn more on CINEFOGO, visit or send an e-mail to The CINEFOGO Network of Excellence is supported by the European Commission within the Sixth Framework Programme, Priority 7: New Forms of Citizenship and Cultural Identities of the European Union.