National Network for Civil Society (BBE)
Tel.: +49 (0 30) 629 80 110
Fax: +49 (0 30) 629 80 151
The BBE is a national network linking organisations and associations from the third sector (non-profit organisations) and civil society, from business and work life and federal and community institutions. The cooperation within the network is based on mutual trust and partnership, relying primarily on dialogue, cooperation and practical stimuli for the promotion of commitment and civic involvement. Everyone involved benefits from the cooperation and moves closer to the common goal. This common goal is the strengthening of civil society and civic involvement . The key objective is the improvement of the general legal, organisational and institutional conditions for civic involvement. We want to encourage and support concrete projects for actual practice in civil society, the state and business, as well as to raise and activate political awareness. We want to deepen the sharing of experience at national, European and international levels, and make the findings of academics and research on the topic of civic involvement accessible to a broader public.
We promote civic involvement in all social areas and forms (e.g. in social work and health care, sports, cultural activities and environment, education and academia, politics and business). Civic involvement means holding an honorary office, doing volunteer work or participating in self-help projects. People are involved in clubs, associations, political parties, (civic) foundations, networks, citizens’ initiatives or social movements.
Our work focuses on the model of an active civil society in which citizens play a key role in shaping their communities. We want to strengthen a sense of responsibility for oneself , the involvement and the personal development of our citizens, while creating new opportunities to take part in making societal decisions and in shaping society.
Shaping the Civil Society
Achieving these objectives means breaking down bureaucratic barriers and improving the general legal conditions for involved citizens, in the sense of a state which enables and activates its citizens. Organisations and institutions of civil society must also open up further to encompass citizens’ activities and contributions. Moreover, it is essential to promote corporate involvement so that the assumption of social responsibility by companies acting as good corporate citizens will grow. Thematic activities of the network are carried out in project groups. They are kept completely open in the sense of unrestricted networking to enable contributions of content and uncomplicated access for participation. The project groups work on a broad range of topics and concerns. This is where concrete projects and practical examples of promotion of involvement are developed or launched.
*Compatability of social welfare reform programmes and actions with civic involvement.
*Improvement of the general conditions for civic involvement
*Strengthening the local civil society
*Support of local alliances
*Stabilization and expansion of the infrastructures for community promotion of civic involvement
*Further development of the promotion of civic involvement by the German states
*Reform of public administration, opening it up to civic involvement
*Opening of all organisations and institutions to participation and civic activity
*Further development of qualifications and education for civic development
*Further development of volunteer services
*Expansion and further development of the corporate citizenship of companies
*Promotion of the civic involvement of migrants
*Development of a culture of recognition for civic involvement
*Strengthening of European civil society