Citizen Participation Forum is a network of Bulgarian civil society organizations from across the country. We work in different spheres of the community life. In the network we are united by the idea that citizens and NGOs should participate more in politics and when important decisions are made by the politicians and the institutions.
We are working to create a community that participates actively, freely and responsibly when decisions are being made and policies on local, regional, national and European level are being elaborated.
In our work and our relations we stick to the following values:
- Trust and respect
- Equality and non-discrimination
Empowering the citizens, changing community attitudes and fostering citizen participation.
While following this strategy we have other smaller aims to achieve. We are trying to introduce working mechanisms for citizen participation that will help so that the reasonable recommendations made by citizens influence the policies both on national and local level. Another objective is to increase the network’s participation the policy-making processes at European and international level. We also take care of our network – to develop it sustainably, to create a positive public image and increase the capacity and motivation of our members.
Apart from our activities outside the network, a great part of our work is focused on our members- more than 100 NGOs in the whole country. We keep our house tidy by staying in direct contact with them, we are interested in their opinion, we elaborate and stand for our common positions, organize thematic working groups on different topics that are connected to the work of institutions, citizen participation, influence on policies and programs as well as communities and the media.
We develop our network, organize meetings and training our members and improving our capacity. We get to know each other, co-operate and together we follow the same path.