Quantitative growth of the NGO sector in Lithuania: when the number of organizations increases without significant effects on Cover Image

Quantitative growth of the NGO sector in Lithuania: when the number of organizations increases without significant effects on
Quantitative growth of the NGO sector in Lithuania: when the number of organizations increases without significant effects on

Author(s): Rūta Žiliukaitė
Subject(s): Social Sciences
Published by: Vilnius University and Klaipeda University

Summary/Abstract: An analysis of the development of the non-governmental sector in Lithuania reveals two trends: first of all, in the 20 years that have passed since democracy was institutionalized in the country the number of NGOs has grown significantly. Secondly, the number of citizens taking part in their activities remained stable or grew only within the boundaries of confidence interval of representatives surveys of population. After a brief review of these quantitative indicators of the development of the NGO sector in Lithuania, the article focuses on factors explaining the low level of citizens’ involvement in NGO activities. It is argued that besides individual and societal level factors, poor NGO efforts to attract new members, their low visibility in the society, inadequate attention to enhancing their public image and low financial capacities and human resources of NGOs constrain the quantitative growth of the NGO sector in the country.

  • Issue Year: 2012
  • Issue No: 01
  • Page Range: 242-257
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: English