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About OFIP

We have been meeting periodically since 1996 among people working in NGOs, local government, public administration and business. The leading event of the National Forum of Non-Governmental Initiatives (OFIP) is the plenary session, which focuses on the internal cooperation of organizations, their current situation, their future and their relations with partners from other sectors. We present important initiatives, inspiring activities and innovative solutions.

OFIP is organized by the National Federation of Polish NGOs. 

This year, we will also meet internationally as part of the Civil Society Forum. Initiated by  by  Civil Society Development Foundation,  Romania and its partners in 2014, the CSF is a convening space where CSOs and civil society supporters are invited to partner and to co-author its growth.


We join forces after enduring years of difficulties and actively offering solutions to these problems. We catch our breath, share our experiences and create a future for engaged and committed people.

The IX OFIP is a three-day event divided into two parts:

  • 26 June – Civil Society Forum – sessions in English with organizations from the European region (with translation into Polish).
  • 27 and 28 June – National Non-Governmental Initiatives Forum – sessions and workshops submitted by organizations,  also selected sessions in English (with translation into Polish). The Initiatives Forum is accompanied by a Support Fair and the 3rd Local Advisory Forum.

This year’s OFIP focuses on the identity and values of the civic sector, advocacy and good law for NGOs, quality of work in NGOs, the resilience and stability of organizations and cooperation with local government and other sectors.


We know who we are, where we came from and what our roots are. The future starts with us and is just taking off. Our Today is the tomorrow of the next generations.

Inspired by the ever-moving river, which mirrors the dynamic nature of life and vitality, we reconnected with the fundamental values of NGOs: community support, individual rights, freedom, and the greater good.

It is up to us to decide what our nearest neighbourhood, Poland, Europe and our Planet will look like; how the civic sector will develop and what values society will be guided by. Change starts with us, and being Here and Now is also a shared responsibility.


We meet in an international setting to share experiences, build a deeper understanding and design joint actions of people engaged in civic activity.

Three editions of the Forum were held in 2014, 2016 and 2019 in Bucharest and focused on the historical commonalities, post-communist countries realities and trends of civil societies in Central and Eastern Europe. As the current EU political and economic context has changed and common challenges may now be identified for CSOs throughout the EU at large, the Civil Society Forum ambition of 2024 is to express civil society expectations for the next few years that may be valid for the entire EU space.

The 2024 Forum program includes sessions in English with organizations from the European region (with translation into Polish) and will take place along with the National Forum of Non-Governmental Initiatives (OFIP).


Are you passionate about the Third Sector? Are you part of an NGO? Would you like to connect with like-minded individuals striving for the greater good? Interested in exploring the future of NGOs? Curious about our thematic discussions?


Learn how to join the Forum!

Complete the registration form
before June 12th

Expect confirmation of your participation
by June 14th

Attend the Forum!


Please take note that participation in the Forum is free of charge; we guarantee a healthy dose of substantive discussions, networking, valuable meetings, and vegetarian meals : )
However, transportation and accommodation must be arranged
on your own.

NOTE: if you are invited by the Active Citizens Fund Operator your travel and accommodation is covered from the EEA Grants.

The number of participants for the event is limited!

Filling out the registration form does not guarantee participation.
We aim for the largest representation of different organizations and regions, therefore, in the event of more registrations than anticipated, we reserve the right to select participants. Confirmation of participation will be sent by June 7th.

We kindly ask for thoughtful registrations: the event is free for participants, but as organizers, we incur costs to prepare it at the highest level. Therefore, in case of cancellation, please contact us to inform us. This will allow us to offer the place to someone on the waiting list.

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26.06 – Centrum Konferencyjne Zielna, Warsaw, Zielna 37 Street
27-28.06 – The Tides, Warsaw, Wioślarska 8 Street

Wednesday, 26.06.2024 Thursday, 27.06.2024 Friday, 28.06.2024
Wednesday, 26.06.2024
08:30 - 09:30
Welcome coffee & registration
09:30 - 10:00
Opening remarks: Why do we need a robust civil society?
10:00 - 11:00
Enhancing civic space in the EU - a look back
This session will review efforts to strengthen civic space in EU countries in the period 2019-2024. We will assess the impact of initiatives like EDAP, DOD, the Rule of Law Toolbox, CERV, ECBA, and other EU policies on civic space, exploring key lessons learned.
11:00 - 11:30
Coffee break
11:30 - 13:00
Enhancing civic space in the EU - looking forward
The session will explore civil society’s expectations from EU leaders and institutions for the 2024-2029 mandate, as well as from the upcoming Polish Presidency, regarding the role and impact of the civil society on the national and EU policies. We will discuss the aspirations and challenges that lie ahead in fostering a robust civic environment in the European Union and present a proposal for anEU policy on the development of civil society. Simona Constantinescu - CSDF (RO) and Karolina Dreszer - Smalec – OFOP (PL): presentation of the policy proposal / open letter to the EU leaders (FO)
13:00 - 14:15
14:15 - 16:15
Connecting National Civil Society Realities to EU-Level Actions: Insights from CSOs
Focusing on the post-election period in the EU, this session will assess how to link civil society realities at the national level with actions and policies at the European level. We will gather insights from CSOs representatives present at the event to reflect on civic space in their countries and outline concrete expectations from the new EU leadership.
16:15 - 16:30
Coffee break
16:30 - 17:00
Conclusions and ways forward
Thursday, 27.06.2024
10:00 - 11:00
Registration, welcome coffee
11:00 - 12:30
Opening plenary session of the 9th OFIP
11:00 - 12:30
Reflecting on the experiences of the past years; the condition of the civic sector and social activists in Poland
Sala 1
12:30 - 13:00
Coffee break
13:00 - 14:30
Plenary session
13:00 - 14:30
Civil society - relations with the government; systemic support of the third sector, dialogue with public authorities, good laws, funding
Sala 1
14:30 - 15:30
15:30 - 16:30
Program under construction, parallel sessions organized by organizations.
16:30 - 17:00
Coffee break
17:00 - 18:00
Program under construction, parallel sessions organized by organizations.
Friday, 28.06.2024
08:00 - 08:30
08:05 - 14:00
NGO Support Fair
08:30 - 09:15
Program under construction, parallel sessions organized by organizations.
09:15 - 09:30
Coffee break
09:30 - 10:30
Program under construction, parallel sessions organized by organizations.
10:30 - 11:00
Coffee break
11:00 - 12:30
Program under construction, parallel sessions organized by organizations.
12:30 - 13:30
13:30 - 15:00
Program under construction, parallel sessions organized by organizations.
15:00 - 15:30
Coffee break
15:30 - 16:30
Program under construction, parallel sessions organized by organizations.
Strategic organizer
Honorary endorsement
Strategic Partners

The strategic organizer of the 9th OFIP is the National Federation of Non-Governmental Organizations, and the partners are: Civil Society Development Foundation from Romania, Education for Democracy Foundation, Stefan Batory Foundation.

National Forum of Non-Governmental Initiatives OFIP together with the Civil Society Forum is a regional civil society initiative funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA and Norwegian Funds under the Active Citizens Fund – National, Active Citizens Fund – Regional and Active Citizens Fund Romania.

The 9th OFIP is also financially supported by the Stefan Batory Foundation, the Polish-American Freedom Foundation and the Central Europe Civic Engagement Project program supported by the National Democratic Institute.

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