CSOs’ participation in policy-making process

It is the name of a talk-show held on May 11th by Research Center for Management and Sustainable Development MSD.

Attending the talk-show as a guest speaker, Dr. Bui Hai Thiem, Head of Scientific Management Department at Legislative Studies Institute of Standing Committee of the National Assembly had a presentation with 3 main points: The relation between the people’s participation, the legitimacy of CSOs and development policies; Analytical framework for the role types, mode and levels of participation of CSOs and some experiences.

The obstacles to the people’s participation in policy-making process can be listed as below:

  • Asymmetry in power relations
  • One-sided guiding information
  • Lack of rational arguments

And the main forms of participation are voting, giving opinions by using the mass media or setting up an organization.

Dr. Bui Hai Thiem, Head of Scientific Management Department at Legislative Studies Institute of Standing Committee of the National Assembly

In Vietnam, the roles of CSOs are recognized with low status and the recognition is not consistent in both policy thinking and action.

In the past few years, Vietnamese CSOs have reached the largest number, but still stay in its infancy. Economics, culture and society are the dominant factors in terms of personal and cooperative perspectives. There is not so much impact from the government. Socio-economic development creates the environment for CSOs.

“CSOs and NGOs play an important effective role in helping the Socialist Communist Party of Vietnam and the Government to solve social issues. Roles of NGOs are not properly assessed in the society”.

Therefore, CSOs themselves need to Select appropriate policy issues that can have impacts on and attract the people; Have a specific declaration of change; Have an analysis of institution, decision-makers, impacts and interactions among the subjects; Improve the impact capacity of CSOs; Develop the alliance of supporters; Create personal relationships with supporters, potential partners, decision-makers, assistants and advisers of decision-makers, and opponents; Go through the appropriate steps, know how to put a limitation on goals; Take actions; Do researches in order to find out the alternative choices and Assessment and lessons.

 

MSD Team