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Romanian watchdog organizations

Logo of the Pro Democracy Association.Asociatia Pro Democratia/ Pro Democracy Association
Asociatia Pro Democratia (APD) is a non-governmental, nonprofit and non-party affiliated organization established in 1990. APD currently has 31 clubs in which more than 1000 citizens (members and volunteers) participate in implementing our projects. The mission of Asociatia Pro Democratia is to strengthen democracy at national and international level by encouraging civic participation. The main fields of interest of APD are: strengthening the relation between the electorate and its elected representatives, observing the correctness of the electoral process, civic education; citizens’ participation in the process of public policies drafting, the transparency of public institutions and their control by the civil society; protecting human rights.

                                                    Website: www.apd.ro

Logo of the Expert Forum.Expert Forum
EFOR is a new think tank (2011) based in Bucharest, established by reputed members of the Romanian Academic Society working on improving public governance in Romania and its neighboring countries, as the only practical means to ensure their real integration of these societies into the European project. The organization is focused on policy analysis in various areas (judicial reform, anticorruption, public administration, energy, transportation, social policy, health, taxation) with a cross-cutting interest in good governance and the efficient use of public resources. Apart from their technical expertise and experience in civil society activism, the members of the team have a very high profile in the Romanian (and, to some extent, European) media, whether as columnists, invited new analysts on radio and TV, or contributors on the main Romanian current affairs discussion websites. The team has a long history of working on judicial reform and anticorruption in Romania and the region.

Website: www.experforum.ro

Logo of the Active Wacth.ActiveWatch

ActiveWatch-Media Monitoring Agency was founded in 1994 as a media monitoring department of the Catavencu Cultural Academy. In July 2006, ActiveWatch became an independent nonprofit organization, legally incorporated as an nonprofit association. ActiveWatch promotes 4 major strategic directions of social intervention: good governance policies, freedom of expression, anti-discrimination and media education. ActiveWatch Media Monitoring Agency is a human rights organization that militates for free communication for public interest that fulfill its mission: by developing research, intervention methodologies and work instruments for the four fields of action: freedom of expression, good governance, antidiscrimination and media education; by developing programs, projects, communication and advocacy campaigns, training courses and public events for the promotion of the values of a real democracy in Romania.

                                                    Website: www.activewatch.ro

Logo of the Resource Center for Public Participation,Centrul de Resurse pentru participare publica / Resource Center for Public Participation (CeRe)
The Resource Centre for public participation – CeRe – is a foundation created through the civic program of the National Democratic Institute in Romania. CeRe’s mission is to support NGOs and public institutions in acquiring the principles and applying methods of public participation. In CeRe’s vision, NGOs, citizens and public institutions assume responsibility for public participation and use their rights associated to this participation.

Website: www.ce-re.ro

Logo of the National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux.Asociaţia Naţională a Birourilor de Consiliere pentru Cetăţeni / National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux (ANBCC)

The National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux (NACAB) is a nongovernmental, nonprofit organization, founded to support and to direct the activities of the Citizens Advice Bureaux (CABs). NACAB is made up of 38 NGOs that founded CABs and CAB branches in more than 60 localities in Romania, both in urban and rural environments.

NACAB coordinates the activities of the CABs, promotes the network of the CABs at the national level, and represents the network of the CABs in relation with public authorities and aims at elaborating documents with potential of impact in what concerns public policy making and social services sector, based on information furnished by the CABs.

NACAB’s Mission is to consolidate the Romanian society by offering services of information/advice and by promoting the interests of all citizens in the decision making process.

Website: www.robcc.ro

Logo of the Centras.CENTRAS 

CENTRAS was established in 1995, with the mission to contribute to the development of democracy in Romania by strengthening the non-profit sector. CENTRAS is an independent nonprofit organization with more than 10 years of experience providing training, technical assistance, and informational support to communities, NGOs, businesses, and governments interested in civil society and democracy development. CENTRAS has a branch in Constanta and supports a network of regional resource centers. CENTRAS supports the associative sector, both at the national and local levels. CENTRAS focuses on practical projects, keeping close contact with its main beneficiaries – the NGOs – and constantly assessing their needs and adapting to their state of development.

                                                    Website: www.centras.ro

Logo of the EPAS.EPAS

EPAS is a non-governmental organization that aims at inspiring citizens and organizations to act responsibly in the public space by offering innovative, objective and efficient resources, by collaborating with the public and private entities. The projects start from the close problems and needs of the citizens and therefore EPAS offers support and good practice for citizens, institutions and organizations, realistic public policy solutions, mostly anchored in free and therefore cheap technologies.

Website: www.piatadespaga.ro/asociatia.epas

Logo of the Foundation for Development of Civil Society.Fundatia pentru dezvoltarea societatii civile/ Foundation for Development of Civil Society

Civil Society Development Foundation is a nongovernmental independent organization established in 1994, following the initiative of the European Commission. Starting with the analysis of the various needs for nonprofit organizations development, FDSC took a series of roles within the Romanian civil society: National resource center; Research center for the nonprofit organizations; Promoter of nonprofit sector and Management and technical assistance for programs financed through European funds destined for NGOs.

FSDC’s mission is to support capacity building for the civil society organizations and community development in order to improve people’s lives through information, funding, training, research and advocacy activities.

                                                    Website: www.fdsc.ro

Logo of the Helsinki Committee in Romania.Association for the Defense of Human Rights in Romania-the Helsinki Committee APADOR-CH 

Established in 1990, APADOR-CH is a non-governmental, non-profit organization that strives to change both the legislation and the mentalities in the field of civil rights, stress being laid on individual freedom, the right to privacy, fair trial, access to information etc. and on the rights of minorities.

The strategy used by APADOR-CH consists in monitoring and establishing a dialogue with the authorities; the association is also a credible source of information for national and international non-governmental and governmental organizations. So far, the association has been funded exclusively by organizations and foundations from abroad.

Website: www.apador.org

Logo of the Soros Romania Foundation.Soros Romania

The Soros Foundation Romania has been at the forefront of efforts to address issues of immigrant rights, family dislocation, and a changing labor market. It has worked to revise national policies and attitudes around social integration, state services to groups affected by migration, and labor abuses.

Natural resource management policy in Romania is also a major priority for the foundation. Its efforts to foster public debate around the social and environmental impact of mining have helped bring more responsible and transparent policies to the attention of industry and government.

The foundation’s support for Roma empowerment initiative has helped increase the capacity of Roma organizations and has advanced their efforts to obtain equal access to housing and education. Foundation support has also fostered cooperation among Roma across national borders, bringing together groups from across Europe to identify successful grassroots organizing strategies.

                                                    Website:  www.soros.ro

Logo of the Ratiu Center for Democracy.Centru Ratiu pentru Democratie/ Ratiu Center for Democracy 

The Ratiu Center for Democracy (CRD) is a non-profit organization which seeks to further the ideals of the late Ion Ratiu, a life-long advocate for democracy. The Center’s mission is to encourage non-partisan promotion of the values and behaviors associated with democracy. This mission is accomplished through a wide range of activities at local, national and international levels.

Launched in July 2004, the Ratiu Center for Democracy operates some 20 not-for-profit programs annually in Romania and abroad. With initial support provided by leading faculty members at Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania (founded 1581) and the trustees of the Ratiu Family Foundation, London, United Kingdom (founded 1979).

                                                   Website: www.ratiudemocracycenter.org

Logo of the Transparency International Romania.Transparency International Romania 

Transparency International Romania (TI-Ro) is a nongovernmental organization whose primary objective is to prevent and fight corruption on a national and international level, mainly through researching, documenting, informing, educating and raising the awareness level of the public.

TI-Ro carries its activities based on the premises of transparency, responsibility, integrity, solidarity, courage, justice and democracy, and respecting the following principles: cooperation with all citizens and all groups, companies and nongovernmental organizations, public authorities and institutions, international organizations who are committed to fighting corruption by forming coalitions, if such partnerships or coalitions abide by current law and, respectively, by promoting policies and priorities established by TI-Ro bodies, in accordance with the organization’s statute; honesty and responsibility of TI-Ro staff and members, in all their actions; the spirit of democracy and political impartiality in all actions by TI-Ro staff and members.

                                                    Website: www.transparency.org.ro

Link to the Center for Legal Resources.Centrul de Resurse Juridice / Center for Legal Resources 

The Centre for Legal Resources is a non-governmental, non-profit organization, established in 1998 by the Open Society Foundation (nowadays Soros Foundation), which actively advocates for the establishment and operation of a legal and institutional framework that safeguards the observance of human rights and equal opportunities, free access to fair justice and which contributes to the capitalization of its legal expertise for the general public interest.

In order to achieve this mission, the Centre for Legal Resources benefits from the support of a Board of Directors and a professional team specialized in human rights and rule of law.

                                                    Website: www.crj.ro

Logo of the Romanian Academic Society.Societatea Academica din Romania / Romanian Academic Society

The Romanian Academic Society (SAR) is the longest-standing think tank still active in Romania. Established in 1996 as an academic association of reputable figures, throughout the years it has operated as a public policy research institute, a leading force in the promotion of good governance, a consultant of the Romanian Government and of other governments, a long-haul partner during the transition and state reform processes for the United Nations, the World Bank, the European Union, pre- and post-accession. SAR’s most resounding successes, from the Law of Free Access to Information to the enforcement of the flat tax, were all self-funded. The Coalition for a Clean Parliament was a voluntary project. Its good governance activities have been undertaken voluntarily for several years now and they are run through the Alliance for a Clean Romania. Such action is indispensible on the Romanian scene, where collective action is still deficient, despite the fact that it forms the basis of every realistic option for change.

                                                    Website: www.sar.org.ro

Logo of the Funky Citizens.Funky Citizens 

Funky Citizens is a newly founded non-governmental organization which aims to become a space of encounter for projects focused on using the online environment, research-based advocacy and civic education to get young citizens involved in the decision making process.

The organization received support in its development through a grant offered by School for Leaders Association Poland, Individual Development Grants programme.

Website: www.funkycitizens.org

Logo of the Advocacy Academy.Academia de Advocacy / The Advocacy Academy 

The mission of the Advocacy Academy is to influence public policy on behalf of civil society. The academy was formed in 2002 by five business organizations as an experimental pilot project for Eastern and Central Europe with technical assistance and financial support from the Center for International Private Enterprise. The Advocacy Academy introduces innovative instruments for participative democracy, an essential factor for catalyzing institutional reforms in Romania. It facilitates public consultations, advocates the interests of the Romanian private sector and larger civil society, promotes transparency in public decisions and open access to public information, and develops and conducts advocacy training programs for groups in Bulgaria, Croatia, and Serbia. Drawing on these experiences, it has established a Masters Program in Public Politics and Advocacy in cooperation with West University of Timişoara.

                                                    Website: www.advocacy.ro

Logo of the Romanian Centre for European Policies.Centrul Roman pentru Politici Europene / Romanian Centre for European Policies

The Romanian Center for European Policies (CRPE) was established in 2009 by a group of experts bound by the shared objective of supporting Romania’s role in Europe.

The mission of the CRPE is to promote Romania as an influential leader in the development of EU agendas and policies. Another major objective is to advance the Europeanization processes in Romania and to promote the European citizenship by providing expertise in various fields and by initiating or participating in public debates.

                                                    Website: www.crpe.ro

Fundatia Parteneri pentru Dezvoltare Locala / Partners Foundation for Local Development

FPDL is a Romanian nongovernmental organization since 1994. Its mission is to enhance the democratic processes of governance and support the local development, strengthen the civil society and to promote a new culture of change and conflict management in Romania and Worldwide, through Capacity Building activities targeting Public Administration and NGOs representatives in order to be more effective, efficient and accountable, as well as to work better together.

Website: www.fpdl.ro

Logo of the Center for Independent Journalism.Centrul pentru Jurnalism Independent / Center for Independent Journalism 
The Romanian Center for European Policies (CRPE) was established in 2009 by a group of experts bound by the shared objective of supporting Romania’s role in Europe.

The mission of the CRPE is to promote Romania as an influential leader in the development of EU agendas and policies. Another major objective is to advance the Europeanization processes in Romania and to promote the European citizenship by providing expertise in various fields and by initiating or participating in public debates.

                                                    Website: www.cji.ro

Logo of the Public Policy Institute.Institutul de Politici Publice / Public Policy Institute 

Institute for Public Policy (IPP) is a Romanian nongovernmental organization whose aim is to support an increased quality of the processes related to the development of public policies in Romania.

The Institute is committed to advancing high quality policies in the following main areas: transparency of the legislative process, reform of the local government system, fight against corruption and promotion of integrity at all local government levels, organization and operation of election systems and processes, funding of political parties, promoting the rights of the disabled, which made of IPP one of the most respected and experienced think-tank in Romania.

Website: www.ipp.ro

Centre for Civic Resource.Centre for Civic Resources

The Center for Civic Resources has been set-up in 2006 in order to support, promote and develop the civic initiative, in the spirit of the participative democracy, at individual, community and regional level.

Website: www.resursecivice.ro

Logo funduszy szwajcarskich, Ecorys oraz Euroregion Bałtyk.


The above list was prepared under the project “Powerful Watchdogs” supported by a grant from Switzerland through the Swiss Contribution to the enlarged European Union.

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