The European Union views civil society as an efficient and independent development actor – a force of change, I might add. An empowered and diverse civil society is a crucial component of any democratic society. It helps to strengthen pluralism and can contribute to more effective policies focusing on equitable, sustainable and inclusive growth. A capacitated civil society is able to articulate the citizens' concerns and respond to some of their pertinent demands.
The European Union promotes the engagement of Namibian civil society in the policy making process and in the country's long term development. We exchange on a regular basis, through projects like these, through sectoral dialogue, or bilaterally. Complementary to our broad project based support to CSOs in various sectors, we are also funding a Technical Assistance which, under the leadership of the National Planning Commission, is tasked with “Enhancing participatory democracy in Namibia”, to bring together CSOs, Parliament and Government and which aims at promoting an enabling environment for CSOs.
The Namibian Parliament, in partnership with the EU-funded Enhancing Participatory Democracy in Namibia (EPDN) Programme is seeking to increase public engagement and participation of civil society and the general public in the work of Parliament.
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