The 29th NISPAcee Annual Conference

The 29th NISPAcee Annual Conference, Ljubljana, Slovenia, October 21 - October 23, 2021

Excellent conference. I really enjoyed the papers, speakers, schedule and location and great staff!

D.B., United States, 27th NISPAcee Annual Conference 2019, Prague

...relating to public administration and policy. Good opportunities for networking.

N.D., Georgia, 27th NISPAcee Annual Conference 2019, Prague

Excellent participants, argument-driven discussions, impartial and supportive Chairs in the Working Group.

D.G., Republic of North Macedonia, 27th NISPAcee Annual Conference 2019, Prague detail and I really enjoyed the supportive and encouraging atmosphere there. Thank you!

R.B., Lithuania, 27th NISPAcee Annual Conference 2019, Prague

...both in terms of academic quality and logistics, and also social events. It was a true joy.

E.Z., Bulgaria, 27th NISPAcee Annual Conference 2019, Prague

...The special programmes were really excellent and we took home many varied experiences.

P.N., Hungary, 27th NISPAcee Annual Conference 2019, Prague

...Sessions were interesting, scholars were engaging and all the social events were amazing!

B.K., Kazakhstan, 26th NISPAcee Annual Conference 2018, Iasi

Excellent organization, excellent food. Compliments to the organizers, they did a wonderful job!

V.J., Netherlands, 26th NISPAcee Annual Conference 2018, Iasi

...I must say that the PhD pre-conference seminar was the most useful seminar of my life. Very well...

K.V., Czech Republic, 26th NISPAcee Annual Conference 2018, Iasi

... I would even argue that they are the very best - both in terms of scientific content and also entertainment…

P.W., Denmark, 26th NISPAcee Annual Conference 2018, Iasi

An opportunity to learn from other researchers and other countries' experiences on certain topics.

G.A.C., Hungary, 25th Conference 2017, Kazan

Very well organised, excellent programme and fruitful discussions.

M.M.S., Slovakia, 25th Conference 2017, Kazan

The NISPAcee conference remains a very interesting conference.

M.D.V., Netherlands, 25th Conference 2017, Kazan

Thank you for the opportunity to be there, and for the work of the organisers.

D.Z., Hungary, 24th Conference 2016, Zagreb

Well organized, as always. Excellent conference topic and paper selection.

M.S., Serbia, 23rd Conference 2015, Georgia

Perfect conference. Well organised. Very informative.

M.deV., Netherlands, 22nd Conference 2014, Hungary

Excellent conference. Congratulations!

S. C., United States, 20th Conference 2012, Republic of Macedonia

Thanks for organising the pre-conference activity. I benefited significantly!

R. U., Uzbekistan, 19th Conference, Varna 2011

Each information I got, was received perfectly in time!

L. S., Latvia, 21st Conference 2013, Serbia

The Conference was very academically fruitful!

M. K., Republic of Macedonia, 20th Conference 2012, Republic of Macedonia

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WG8: Non-Governmental Organisations in Central and Eastern Europe
WG coordinators:
  • Paula-Mariana BEUDEAN, Public Administration and Management Department, ”Babeș-Bolyai” University, Romania,
Paula Beudean has been working with the Department of Public Administration & Management, "Babeș-Bolay” University, as an NGO practitioner, delivering courses, at the graduate and undergraduate levels, on NGO Management, Fundraising in NGOs, Volunteering Marketing, Advocacy and Lobby for NGOs since 2008. Her research focuses on NGO Leadership, NGOs’ readiness for innovation and digital transformation, NGOs and business cooperation, NGOs and their involvement in education services, etc. Paula has 15 years of experience in the non-profit sector, working in Romania and abroad. Currently, she works with an NGO in Romania and another one in Norway, as a project manager, grant manager and facilitator/trainer. Her NGO expertise is in fundraising, CSR, PR, design thinking, storytelling, media literacy, entrepreneurship, financial education, community development, and child protection.

  • Mária Murray Svidroňová, Matej Bel University in Banska Bystrica, Slovakia,
Mária Murray Svidroňová is an Associate Professor of Public Economy and Services at the Faculty of Economics, Matej Bel University in Banska Bystrica, Slovakia. Her pedagogical and research activities are focused on the economics and management of the third sector, public and private nonprofit organizations, civil society and CSOs. She is particularly interested in social innovation issues in the area of public service provision, e.g. through co-creation, community building, and civic activism. She is active in several international studies and research projects dealing with public service innovation and civic engagement. In cooperation with the Office of the Plenipotentiary of the Government for the Development of Civil Society, she participated in the preparation of legislative changes in the field of financing NGOs. She runs her own civic association. She was the chairperson of the Mayor's Council of Banská Bystrica for non-governmental organizations (2015 – 2019). She is a member of the Accreditation Commission of the Ministry of Education of the Slovak Republic for Specialized Activities in the field of youth work. 
Assistant Coordinator:
  •  Iga Kender-Jeziorska, Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary,
Iga Kender-Jeziorska is a PhD student in the Doctoral School of Political Science at Corvinus University of Budapest. Her main research areas include non-governmental organisations and their involvement in policy-making and public service delivery, especially in the area of drug policy. She has been actively involved in the third sector since 2011. She is a member of the Board of Advisors and a coordinator of the international network Youth Organisations for Drug Action. Since July 2018 she has been serving as a Chair of the Working Group on EU Drug Strategy and Action Plan in the Civil Society Forum on Drugs - an advisory body to the European Commission.
  • Gyorgy Hajnal, NISPAcee President / Professor, Head of Department, Corvinus University of Budapest / Senior Researcher, Institute for Political Science, Center for Social Research of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (IPS CSR HAS), Hungary,
Gyorgy Hajnal is a Professor in the Department of Public Policy and Management, Corvinus University of Budapest and Senior Researcher at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Institute for Political Science. Prior to his current positions he worked as a Senior Researcher/ Head of Department for 15 years at the Hungarian Institute of Public Administration and its successor organisation. Besides his full-time academic positions he has been and contiues to be extensively involved in international research cooperation projects in topics relating to comparative public management reforms. He has also served as a consultant to various international academic, governmental and business organisations. He has been serving as a NISPAcee President since May 2018.

  Call for papers
Aims of the Working Group
The working group is focused on non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and their participation in governance in the states and regions of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). Our broad objective is to create a forum for the intellectual and practical exploration of the role that NGOs play – independently and in collaboration with government institutions – in defining, shaping and achieving the public good. We define NGOs broadly and we are especially interested in those whose mission is strongly related to the public interest and that work in areas such as governance, social and health services, public policy, citizen participation, human rights, and/or humanitarian aid, from all sides of the political and social spectrum.

Focus, expectations and topics for the 2021 conference

The general theme of the Working Group on NGOs panel for the 2021 conference continues to be the role and performance of NGOs in governance in CEE countries, neighbouring regions and within the context of European integration. While we welcome work on all aspects of this broad theme, we are especially interested in the following topics:
●    What are the factors affecting the sustainability of NGOs in CEE countries and how do these factors, such as financial support, funding sources (public/private), donors’ profiles from within and outside of the region affect their sustainability? How do entities relying on government support differ in their initiatives and functioning from those supported independently of the state?
●    What is the role of NGOs in governance and provision of public services at the national and local level in CEE countries and how is this shaped by public attitudes, government policy, legislation, and financial support?
●    How do governments perceive and act upon the policy issues set for them by NGOs’ operations? How does government policy change in this regard? What are the similarities and differences between policy sectors and/or between countries? How do the NGOs act as potential entry points into the policy-making for groups traditionally less included?
●    What are the examples of existing multisector models of governance in the region, in which NGOs, government, academia, businesses and other stakeholders are seeking to work together? What are the points of conflict? What is the role of civil liberties/watchdog NGOs in CEE countries?
●    What is the state of human rights/civil rights/watchdog NGOs in various countries in the region? Does their situation differ from service-delivery organisations?
●    What are the relationships between organisations within the third sector itself, in the region and globally, and how are they shaped?
●    How does NGOs management and leadership evolve? How are NGOs attracting, developing and retaining talented personnel, and what are the prospects for the future? What management strategies are adopted in different contexts (e.g. friendly versus a hostile operational environment)? What is the role of volunteers in various organisations?
●    What is the level of professionalisation of NGOs? What tools and methods are applied by NGOs to plan interventions/programmes, monitor, and evaluate them?
●    Regarding the intersection of gender and the work of NGOs, how do the agendas of NGOs address issues related to public policies relevant to women or ethnic minorities and how are the creation, management and oversight of NGOs gendered?
●    How have NGOs assumed new roles in response to the COVID-19 health crisis? In what ways have they been able to respond differently from the public sector? In what ways has the sector been affected by the crisis in terms of resources, service delivery, human resources and health and security measures, client relationships, possible contested authority, suppression from state actors, and increasing authoritarianism in some governments?
●    How are emerging digital technologies and social media influencing the work of NGOs in civil society? What is the NGOs’ readiness for online service delivery and "working from home” strategies, in the light of the COVID-19 outbreak?

The Working Group is in the process of negotiations with a few specific top publishing houses, and invites high-quality papers that, given their sufficient number, would have a chance to be compiled in a planned monograph addressing the third sector in the CEE region.

Guidelines for the contributors
We welcome abstracts from all scholars and professionals with an interest in the NGO sector and in multi-sector governance processes, including from practitioners working in the sector and we invite all to join us for the 29th NISPAcee Annual Conference in Ljubljana (Slovenia). We welcome papers with a theoretical, empirical, and/or analytical focus that relate to the above mentioned themes.

Abstracts will be judged on the relevance and quality of the submission based on the following criteria:
• Clear and concise description of the paper, conveying its importance and significance in the field
• Originality of the work
• Quality of the research design and methodology
• Relevance of the proposal to the Conference’s theme

Submitted abstract should include the following elements:
• Title: Clear title reflecting the paper content
• Authors and their affiliation
• Abstract: We expect abstracts between 200-400 words. In the case of empirical studies, it should include the research design, clearly stated research questions, data sources, data collection procedures, the analytic approach and, if possible, results.
• Practical applications to the field should be also mentioned.