The protection of infringed children and the strengthening of active aging are two of the biggest challenges facing the country today. However, for decades civil society organizations (CSOs) have been pioneers in visualizing these problems and their possible solutions.
This is one of the findings of the project Society in Action - del UC Public Policy Center and the Chile + Hoy Foundation- in his latest study "Committed to Chile. The contribution of civil society organizations to children and the elderly"
The research was presented on Thursday, January 10, at the seminar of the same name, which was attended by the Minister of Social Development Alfredo Moreno, together with representatives of the National Service for Minors (Sename), the National Service for the Elderly (Senama) and leaders of civil society organizations.
"Both the State and civil society, private citizens and citizens have a role to play in the integral development of the country and the welfare of its people. In this context, many times the contribution made by civil society organizations has been made invisible and this study seeks to show these contributions, such as their ability to innovate and to get ahead in the identification of social problems, "he said. Ignacio Irarrázaval, director of the Center of Public Policies and director of the study. To this, he added that the State requires the collaboration of civil society, but "of course civil society can not and does not intend to replace the State".
For his part, Alfredo Moreno, Minister of Social Development, emphasized that civil society organizations "perform an essential and irreplaceable task in matters of public interest. Therefore, we have to find a way to collaborate actively in these areas, each one with its attributions and capabilities.
They are ahead of the State and innovate in the creation of programs
The findings of the Study of Society in Action They are particularly relevant in the context of the discussion that is currently taking place in Congress, regarding the role that collaborating organizations must have in the protection of infringed children in Chile.
In this way, the study systematizes six contributions made by CSOs around children and the elderly. Among them, highlights the ability of these organizations to anticipate permanently the identification of problems that are not being addressed by public policies; the way in which they complement the State in the coverage of social services throughout the country; and the ability to identify the specific needs of its users and the community in which they are inserted to design and implement innovative and relevant solutions.
In addition, the study provides evidence regarding the ability of CSOs to focus their work on the most vulnerable groups, channeling public and private resources towards issues of public interest and promoting actions that promote cultural, social and political changes. public.
National Cadaster of Organizations of the Elderly: more than 13 thousand in Chile
The investigation also considered the realization of an updated cadastre with respect to the organizations of older people in Chile (OPM).
In Chile there are 13,310 OPM registered in 323 communes of the country. Although the vast majority corresponds to clubs for older adults, we can observe the presence of other organizations made up of people over 60 such as trade associations, sports clubs and folkloric groups of the elderly. These organizations have a total of 270,531 members.
The Metropolitan Region and Valparaíso are the ones that concentrate the largest amount of OPM, with 33% and 12% of the total respectively. Y Viña del Mar is the commune with the largest number of OPM, with 376.
Of the total number of organizations, 27% of them received funds in 2017 through the self-managed Senama project contest, for an average amount of $ 968,784. However, it is also highlighted that 16% of the cost of the initiatives developed was financed by the OPMs themselves.
Review the study "Committed to Chile. The contribution of civil society organizations to children and the elderly "here.