Multitudes Foundation launches new studies on the Law of the Lobby and the COSOC

August 31, 2017
Communications Colunga Foundation

The organization presented in ColungaHUB the main results and conclusions of two studies related to the implementation and effectiveness of the Law of the Lobby in municipalities, and the status of the Community Councils of Civil Society (COSOC) at the national level.

In the years 2015 and 2016, the Multitudes Foundation launched the first versions of the studies on the Communal Councils of Civil Society (COSOC) - one of the tools of Law 20,500 on Associations and Citizen Participation in the Public Management-, and the implementation of the Law of the Lobby in municipalities. This year they decided to do version 2.0 of both studies, to constantly monitor the application of both laws that directly involve civil society.

The launch was made in ColungaHUB, and called various social organizations, and the presentation of the studies was in charge of Álvaro Ramírez, President of the Multitudes Foundation and Jaime Ibarra, Co-founder of the organization.

Law of Lobby 2.0

In this second report "Citizen Lobby: Challenges and Opportunities at the Municipal Level", the foundation analyzed a collection of data obtained through the website Infolobby The total number of audiences held from July 1 to December 31, 2016, was extracted from this portal in all municipalities in Chile.

The following conclusions stand out in this analysis:

  • Of the 345 communes of Chile, 89 have not registered audiences, and in 29 hearings have been declared without any of them being a matter of lobbying. Consequently, only 227 communes in the country have granted hearings for the purpose of lobbying in accordance with the law.
  • The most vulnerable municipalities register the largest number of hearings due to social benefits and a greater number of poorly registered audiences, while the municipalities with greater resources keep more audiences related to project presentations, agreements and less well-registered audiences.

"One of the great difficulties that we have today in this type of tools, such as the transparency portal, is that they are little thought in the users. We want people to understand that they have this device and know how to use it, "said Álvaro Ramírez.

To see the report click here

Is there COSOC 2.0?

While the study "Is there COSOC 2.0? Radiography of the Councils of the Municipal Civil Society " worked with data collected from a massive survey conducted by the Multitudes Foundation in 2016, to the 345 municipalities in the country, and a series of interviews with 30 people who are part of the COSOCs in six communes of different regions.

The following results stand out in this study:

  • Of the 314 municipalities that responded to the study consultations, 169 municipalities have their COSOC and 145 municipalities have not.
  • Of the COSOC created, only 18 municipalities comply with all the requirements of the law on citizen participation in public management.
  • Regarding the first study, there are 52 less civil society councils. This figure can be explained by the renewal processes that faced the councils that were formed between 2011 and 2012, and that ended their legal period of four years.
  • The main problems, which both members and officials believe that the COSOC has, revolve around the lack of powers that members have to influence municipal management. Therefore, the main modification that the interviewees would make to Law 20,500 is that the directors have the option of voting on the delivered planning and that the decision they make is binding and influences the decisions of the authorities.

"From this study we have approached communes like Sagrada Familia, which is one of those that did not respond to our request for access to information, and now we will work with them in the implementation of a methodology that will help them shape your COSOC, "said Jaime Ibarra.

To see the report click here


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