The Government's Declaration on Interaction with the Voluntary Sector
To set down fundamental principles and overarching objectives for the Government’s interaction with the voluntary sector. The Declaration is an expression of the Government’s appreciation of the voluntary sector, and a framework for a productive, positive interaction in the coming years. It encompasses all levels of government and all policy areas.
The Declaration establishes a framework for dialogue and interaction with the voluntary sector irrespective of which government ministry, directorate or agency is involved, and is intended to form part of an integrated policy for the voluntary sector.
The Declaration is not a set of rules, but describes the Government’s ambitions for its interaction with the voluntary sector. Its purpose is to help provide productive framework conditions for the voluntary sector. The Declaration recognises the value of voluntary work and seeks to provide predictability in the context of cooperation between the Government and the voluntary sector. It is not, however, an agreement between the Government and the with the voluntary sector as such.
This measure is implemented within government ministries' and agencies' operating budgets.