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How does GONG work?

Every program consists of activities enforced by 1 of 3 methods, ensuring quality and applicability of the results.

It is a somewhat cyclical process – research is conducted on a certain topic so the results could serve as a basis for advocating change. The education of citizens and advocating for change then follows.

Research is conducted by GONG's Research Center that works independently and in collaboration with external partners, all under the slogan „We (dis)prove it“. It also analyses the content and processes within public policies that contribute to and/or support good governance. It primarily focuses on anti-corruption policy (freedom of information included), protection and improvement of human rights.

Advocacy is what makes GONG recognizable – based on research and other experience, it has managed to make citizens aware of the necessity of organizing the Voters' List. Above all, it has instituted an Advocacy network through which more than 60 CSO's interact, exchange support, negotiate projects and other activities.

Education is what the EDU-center mainly focuses on, being the one place where lifelong learning and informal education is situated: educating officers about the right to freedom of information, the Aarhus Convention, scientific research methods, specialized accounting for CSO's, education for civic literacy focused on the preparation of teachers of civic education of young people.

„The worst illiterate is the political illiterate, he doesn’t hear, doesn’t speak, nor participates in the political events. He doesn’t know that the cost of life, the price of the bean, of the fish, of the flour, of the rent, of the shoes and of the medicine, depends on political decisions. The political illiterate is so stupid that he is proud and swells his chest saying that he hates politics. The imbecile doesn’t know that, from his political ignorance is born the prostitute, the abandoned child, and the worst thieves of all, the bad politician, corrupted and flunky of the national and multinational companies.“ – Bertolt Brecht