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Co-operation Group to Combat Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking in Drugs (Pompidou Group). [Pompidou Group] (2017) Policy paper on government interaction with civil society on drug policy issues: principles, ways and means, opportunities and challenges. Strasbourg: Council of Europe. 20 p.

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Increasing civil society engagement and participation in the policy planning and implementation process underlines the complementary relationship with representative democracy. Civil society organisations (CSOs) bring knowledge and independent expertise to the process of decision making. This has led governments at all levels, from local and regional to national, as well as international institutions, to draw on the relevant experience and competence of NGOs to assist in policy development and implementation. This also applies to the area of drug policy.

 

Civil society involvement in policy planning and delivery is an obligation in a democratic society. To ensure influence, relevance, added value and practical applicability of civil society involvement in policy planning and delivery – to the benefit of all stakeholders; the civil society actors themselves, the policy makers and society as a whole – it is necessary to define the opportunities, levels and means of participation. This requires taking into account the following aspects:

  1. Determining the specific benefits of CSO participation in the different steps of the policy process should be agreed: agenda setting, drafting, decision, implementation, monitoring, review, reformulation.
  2. Levels of participation: provision of information, consultation, dialogue and partnership between CSOs and public authorities.
  3. Ways to identify the appropriate partners.
  4. Means and tools that enable and support the process of participation. 

While these elements combined form the basis and guidance for meaningful and effective civil society participation, it is equally important to develop criteria for identifying the potential partners for co-operation.

Item Type:Evidence resource
Publication Type:Report
Drug Type:Alcohol or other drugs in general
Intervention Type:AOD disorder, AOD disorder harm reduction
Source:Pompidou Group
Date:2017
Pages:20 p.
Publisher:Council of Europe
Corporate Creators:Co-operation Group to Combat Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking in Drugs (Pompidou Group)
Place of Publication:Strasbourg
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Subjects:L Social psychology and related concepts > Inclusion and exclusion
MA-ML Social science, culture and community > Community action > Community involvement
MM-MO Crime and law > Legal rights > Civil rights
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Government and politics
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Political process > Advocacy
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Policy > Policy on substance use
VA Geographic area > Europe

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