About the book
Each of us can set up a non-governmental organization (NGO). NGOs operate independently of the state in all respects and have some fundamental characteristics. They are non-profit, primarily voluntary, and all must have some form of legal personality. These are mainly associations, institutions, and (private) institutes.
NGOs comprise the non-governmental sector, which some call the third sector or civil society. They perform (at least) two essential functions - advocacy and service. In addition to representing one of the forms of citizen participation in the management of the state and society, they are also an essential provider of public services in social, health, family, youth, culture, sports, environment, etc.
Although the state is obliged to take care of public services, this does not mean that it also fully implements them. The network of public service providers includes public institutions and private for-profit and non-governmental organizations. The latter provide public services based on concessions, as part of public service, or their programs have the status of public programs, in the field of culture, for example, the status of public cultural programs, and in the area of social protection public social programs.
Roughly speaking, programs and projects that fall within the scope of public services could include all those (co) financed by the state in one way or another, be they ministries and other government services or municipalities.
How deeply NGOs are involved in public services is shown by a cursory glance at those NGOs known to almost every local environment, but we often forget that they are also part, and even the oldest part, of the NGO sector. Of course, these are associations such as firefighting, fishing, hunting, culture, sports, etc.