The 29th NISPAcee Annual Conference

The 30th NISPAcee Annual Conference, Bucharest, Romania, June 2 - June 4, 2022

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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30th NISPAcee Annual Conference

"Crises, Vulnerability and Resilience in Public Administration"

June 2-4, 2022

Bucharest, Romania

WG8: Non-Governmental Organisations in the CEE


Working group coordinators:

Maria Murray Svidroňová, Masaryk University Brno, Czech Republic and Matej Bel University Banska Bystrica, Slovakia,
Iga Kender-Jeziorska, Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary,

Paula Beudean Public Administration and Management Department, ”Babeș-Bolyai” University, Romania,

– Report


Working Group 8: Non-Governmental Organisations in Central and Eastern Europe held three sessions at the 2022 NISPAcee conference in Bucharest, hearing eight papers presented by ten authors and co-authors. All the papers contributed to the understanding of the role and performance of NGOs in the region, with:

- the first session focusing on the changes and challenges observed in the sector during the COVID-19 pandemic (both online and offline);

- the second session presenting case studies of NGOs involvement in public service delivery or public policy formulation and civil participation (both online and offline);

- and the third session looking more into the changes and challenges faced by NGOs and how they cope when under pressure from their governments.

A total of 11 papers were submitted and accepted for presentation at the conference by our working group. However, in the end only nine papers were submitted to the conference and eight papers were presented - three online and five face-to-face.


This year, the work in our group included mostly country-case papers, with papers focusing on diverse NGO challenges and dynamic or civic participation in Slovenia, Hungary, Romania, Lithuania, Belarus, Hungary, and Poland. The thematic topics discussed were:

- Challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic in terms of NGO funding and citizen participation in civic activities;

- Civil society organisations acting under pressure from non-democratic/illiberal governments such as Belarus and Hungary;

- Civic participation and citizen involvement through tools such as citizen science and senior citizens’ councils;

- Involvement of NGOs in delivering relevant public services or supporting public policy development.

In terms of methodological approaches, there was a noticeable difference between papers. In other words, in some of them the methodology used was very sound, while in others there was room for improvement. All the authors put a lot of effort and energy into their work.