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Covid-19 and Civil Society Resilience

A global pandemic with significant impact on everyone’s lives is a new experience for the 21st Century. This experience provides the opportunity for states, public institutions, political leaders, the private sector, media, and civil society to react and demonstrate resilience. Given the context of a general crisis, all sectors act in parallel, aiming to contain the threats posed by the pandemic, as well as by the emergency measures which bring a significant impact on social, economic, and cultural life.

In the Romanian case, civil society proved active and proactive in two key directions. First, a high level of resources was mobilized and invested in reinforcing the health infrastructure (medical equipment) and the functioning of hospitals and GP offices (protective gear, disinfectants, etc.). Second, NGOs, alongside local authorities, play a critical role providing support to vulnerable groups, engaging a high number of volunteers, as well as supplies and care.

Several relevant questions arise: how did the Romanian civil society manage to mobilize? What factors contributed to enabling certain organizations to contribute? What contributed to the success of their fundraising campaigns and to their ability to mobilize volunteers? How did these organizations adapt to the crisis and what are their sustainability prospects? How did they relate to the hospitals and other institutions relevant in the crisis context? What were the resources used for and where did the resources go? Are there parts of the country that remain less attended? Why?

Organized and impactful civic action tells us that there is a growing level of social capital in Romanian communities and of networking and connectivity among civil society organizations. In addition, we see a growing number of channels of collaboration opened between CSOs and public institutions, which prepares the ground for more cross-sector collaboration. At the same time we see an increase in generosity (both in terms of volunteering and donations) which underscore a growing trust in civil society and philanthropic infrastructure and a growing level of empowerment among community members who become aware that their actions matter and become also knowledgeable on how to meaningfully invest their time to affect social change.

This project is going to present a series of analysis on the above-mentioned questions, aiming to provide a thorough understanding of the way civil society reacted to the COVID-19 crisis and contributed to its mitigation.

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Lev Fejes, Ph.D.

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Maria Cucu

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Silvia Fierăscu, Ph.D.

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Ștefan Cibian, Ph.D.

Lev Fejes, Ph.D.

Lev holds a doctorate in criminal justice from the School of Criminal Justice within Michigan State University (MSU) and an MA in Nonprofit Organization Management from Babeș-Bolyai University. As the Head of Research at the Association for Community Relations (ARC) he is responsible for coordinating the organization’s research efforts related to philanthropy and corporate social responsibility. He is a founding member of the Initiative for European Democratic Culture (ICDE) think-tank, and a Research Fellow at the Făgaraș Research Institute and Center for the Study of Democracy (CSD). An enthusiast of research methods, at ARC he utilizes his research experience developed at the Center for Anti-Counterfeiting and Product Protection (A-CAPP) within MSU in designing and implementing studies aimed at furthering the understanding of philanthropic behavior in Romania and at informing decisions with regards to the development needs of Romanian NGOs. In his other capacities, Lev pursues various topics related mainly to urban safety and policing. His area of expertise includes anti-counterfeiting strategies, consumer behavior, corporate social responsibility, philanthropy and public policy. His main academic research interests relate to criminology, product counterfeiting, policing and urban safety. He is also interested in more applied research on the topics of philanthropy and corporate social responsibility and is passionate about turning the world into a better place for each and all.
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Maria Cucu

Maria is studying at “Radu Negru” National Highschool in Făgăraș and she has always wanted to be involved in the development of her local community. She is open to challenges, willing to learn more and more, and getting to know new ideas. She is an active person, both personally and socially. Therefore, she participated in organizing many events, as a volunteer, and attended different personal development courses. Although Mathematics has always been the main subject of study for her, she has always been eager to learn more about literature, arts, music, and history.
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Silvia Fierăscu, Ph.D.

Dr. Silvia Fierăscu has a PhD in Comparative Politics and Network Science from Central European University. Her research focuses primarily on quality of governance, political-business relations, and statistical analyses of network data. Silvia is involved in various interdisciplinary projects, translating complex problems into real-time applications for organizational management, political communication, and better governance.

Ștefan Cibian, Ph.D.

Dr. Ștefan Cibian is a member of the Board and the executive director of the Făgăraș Research Institute. Stefan is an Academy Associate with Chatham House – The Royal Institute of International Affairs, he is also teaching courses related to international development at Babeș-Bolyai University and manages Cibian Consulting S.R.L. In what concerns teaching and research, Stefan is focused on development and statehood in Sub-Saharan Africa, development policy, development assistance, international organizations, migration, and human rights. Stefan’s core interest in research is focused on international development, community development, Africa-EU relations, development policy, international relations theory, peacebuilding and fragile states, the link between research, policy, and practice, higher education policy and global affairs, including the EU. In terms of geographic focus, Stefan is primarily concerned with Sub-Saharan Africa, Central and Eastern Europe, the European Union, and transatlantic relations. In his consulting and civil society work, Stefan is focusing on civil society development in CEE, contributing to the development of civil society organizations. Stefan is the President of FOND, the Romanian NGDO Platform, the Treasurer of CONCORD – the European NGO Confederation for Humanitarian Aid and Development. He is also a board member for the following organizations: ARCADIA – The Romanian Association for International Cooperation and Development, Țara Făgărașului Community Foundation (FCTF), UiPath Foundation, and the Foundation for Youth Involvement (FIT). Stefan received his Ph.D. degree in political science and international relations (2012) as well as his M.A. in public policy (2006) from CEU – the Central European University. He also holds a BA in political science (2004, from Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania) and in law (2005, 1st of December 2019 University, Alba Iulia, Romania).
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Departments: Research Department, Policy and Outreach Department, Society, Crisis and Resilience Program; Young Researchers Club

Regions: Romania

Topics: Civil society, Philanthropy and Local Development, Civic Engagement

The content of this page does not necessarily represent the official position of the program Civic Innovation Fund. All responsibility regarding the accuracy and coherence of the presented information resides with the owners of the webpage.

COVID-19 and Civil Society Resilience

A global pandemic with significant impact on everyone’s lives is a new experience for the 21st Century. This experience provides the opportunity for states, public institutions, political leaders, the private sector, media, and civil society to react and demonstrate resilience. Given the context of a general crisis, all sectors act in parallel, aiming to contain the threats posed by the pandemic, as well as by the emergency measures which bring a significant impact on social, economic, and cultural life.

In the Romanian case, civil society proved active and proactive in two key directions. First, a high level of resources was mobilized and invested in reinforcing the health infrastructure (medical equipment) and the functioning of hospitals and GP offices (protective gear, disinfectants, etc.). Second, NGOs, alongside local authorities, play a critical role providing support to vulnerable groups, engaging a high number of volunteers, as well as supplies and care.

Several relevant questions arise: how did the Romanian civil society manage to mobilize? What factors contributed to enabling certain organizations to contribute? What contributed to the success of their fundraising campaigns and to their ability to mobilize volunteers? How did these organizations adapt to the crisis and what are their sustainability prospects? How did they relate to the hospitals and other institutions relevant in the crisis context? What were the resources used for and where did the resources go? Are there parts of the country that remain less attended? Why?

Organized and impactful civic action tells us that there is a growing level of social capital in Romanian communities and of networking and connectivity among civil society organizations. In addition, we see a growing number of channels of collaboration opened between CSOs and public institutions, which prepares the ground for more cross-sector collaboration. At the same time we see an increase in generosity (both in terms of volunteering and donations) which underscore a growing trust in civil society and philanthropic infrastructure and a growing level of empowerment among community members who become aware that their actions matter and become also knowledgeable on how to meaningfully invest their time to affect social change.

This project is going to present a series of analysis on the above-mentioned questions, aiming to provide a thorough understanding of the way civil society reacted to the COVID-19 crisis and contributed to its mitigation.

News

Events

Publications

Team

COVID 3 Team EN

Lev Fejes, Ph.D.

COVID 3 Team EN

Maria Cucu

COVID 3 Team EN

Silvia Fierăscu, Ph.D.

COVID 3 Team EN

Ștefan Cibian, Ph.D.

Lev Fejes, Ph.D.

Lev holds a doctorate in criminal justice from the School of Criminal Justice within Michigan State University (MSU) and an MA in Nonprofit Organization Management from Babeș-Bolyai University. As the Head of Research at the Association for Community Relations (ARC) he is responsible for coordinating the organization’s research efforts related to philanthropy and corporate social responsibility. He is a founding member of the Initiative for European Democratic Culture (ICDE) think-tank, and a Research Fellow at the Făgaraș Research Institute and Center for the Study of Democracy (CSD). An enthusiast of research methods, at ARC he utilizes his research experience developed at the Center for Anti-Counterfeiting and Product Protection (A-CAPP) within MSU in designing and implementing studies aimed at furthering the understanding of philanthropic behavior in Romania and at informing decisions with regards to the development needs of Romanian NGOs. In his other capacities, Lev pursues various topics related mainly to urban safety and policing. His area of expertise includes anti-counterfeiting strategies, consumer behavior, corporate social responsibility, philanthropy and public policy. His main academic research interests relate to criminology, product counterfeiting, policing and urban safety. He is also interested in more applied research on the topics of philanthropy and corporate social responsibility and is passionate about turning the world into a better place for each and all.
FRI PublicationsExpert CommentsNews and mass-mediaOther publicationsEvents

Maria Cucu

Maria is studying at “Radu Negru” National Highschool in Făgăraș and she has always wanted to be involved in the development of her local community. She is open to challenges, willing to learn more and more, and getting to know new ideas. She is an active person, both personally and socially. Therefore, she participated in organizing many events, as a volunteer, and attended different personal development courses. Although Mathematics has always been the main subject of study for her, she has always been eager to learn more about literature, arts, music, and history.
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Silvia Fierăscu, Ph.D.

Dr. Silvia Fierăscu has a PhD in Comparative Politics and Network Science from Central European University. Her research focuses primarily on quality of governance, political-business relations, and statistical analyses of network data. Silvia is involved in various interdisciplinary projects, translating complex problems into real-time applications for organizational management, political communication, and better governance.

Ștefan Cibian, Ph.D.

Dr. Ștefan Cibian is a member of the Board and the executive director of the Făgăraș Research Institute. Stefan is an Academy Associate with Chatham House – The Royal Institute of International Affairs, he is also teaching courses related to international development at Babeș-Bolyai University and manages Cibian Consulting S.R.L. In what concerns teaching and research, Stefan is focused on development and statehood in Sub-Saharan Africa, development policy, development assistance, international organizations, migration, and human rights. Stefan’s core interest in research is focused on international development, community development, Africa-EU relations, development policy, international relations theory, peacebuilding and fragile states, the link between research, policy, and practice, higher education policy and global affairs, including the EU. In terms of geographic focus, Stefan is primarily concerned with Sub-Saharan Africa, Central and Eastern Europe, the European Union, and transatlantic relations. In his consulting and civil society work, Stefan is focusing on civil society development in CEE, contributing to the development of civil society organizations. Stefan is the President of FOND, the Romanian NGDO Platform, the Treasurer of CONCORD – the European NGO Confederation for Humanitarian Aid and Development. He is also a board member for the following organizations: ARCADIA – The Romanian Association for International Cooperation and Development, Țara Făgărașului Community Foundation (FCTF), UiPath Foundation, and the Foundation for Youth Involvement (FIT). Stefan received his Ph.D. degree in political science and international relations (2012) as well as his M.A. in public policy (2006) from CEU – the Central European University. He also holds a BA in political science (2004, from Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania) and in law (2005, 1st of December 2019 University, Alba Iulia, Romania).
FRI PublicationsExpert CommentsNews and mass-mediaOther publicationsEvents

Departments/units: Research Department, Policy and Outreach Department, Society, Crisis and Resilience Program; Young Researchers Club

Regions: Romania

Topics: Civil society, Philanthropy and Local Development, Civic Engagement

The content of this page does not necessarily represent the official position of the program Civic Innovation Fund. All responsibility regarding the accuracy and coherence of the presented information resides with the owners of the webpage.