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Non-government Organizations - New Perspectives

Vito Bobek

Universities of Applied Sciences FH Joanneum, Austria

Full Professor of international political, economic, and business relations at the University of Applied Sciences FH Joanneum, Austria, Consultant, Member of the editorial boards of six international journals, and Member of the Strategic Council of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia. Dr. Bobek has a long history in academia, consulting, and entrepreneurship.


Tatjana Horvat

University of Primorska, Slovenia

Dean of the Faculty of Management and professor at the University of Primorska, Slovenia, certified State Internal Auditor, Certified Internal Auditor for Business Sector, and certified Accountant. Dr. Horvat is a member of examination boards for court expert candidates and judicial appraisers in the following areas: economy/finance, valuation of companies, banking, and forensic investigation of economic operations/accounting.


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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.

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Vito Bobek

Universities of Applied Sciences FH Joanneum, Austria

Dr. Vito Bobek works as an international management professor at the University of Applied Sciences FH Joanneum, Graz, Austria. He has published more than 400 works in his academic career and visited twenty-two universities worldwide as a visiting professor. Dr. Bobek is a member of the editorial boards of six international journals and a member of the Strategic Council of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia. He has a long history in academia, consulting, and entrepreneurship. His own consulting firm, Palemid, has managed twenty significant projects, such as Cooperation Program Interreg V-A (Slovenia-Austria) and Capacity Building for the Serbian Chamber of Enforcement Agents. He has also participated in many international projects in Italy, Germany, Great Britain, the United States, Spain, Turkey, France, Romania, Croatia, Montenegro, Malaysia, and China. Dr. Bobek is also a co-founder of the Academy of Regional Management in Slovenia.

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