Legalization and Registration of Cultural Organizations (Organic Law of Citizen Participation: Art. 36)

Ministry of Culture and Heritage
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 

Historically, Ecuador has been a country with a strong social organization, which has allowed citizens to demand and exercise their rights. In 2013, regulations were established to Executive Decree No. 16 to regulate and plan the registration of social organizations to provide, through a digital platform, relevant information about training and opportunities offered by different State bodies. Moreover, it seeks to be a repository of information for students and researchers, and a source of consultation for social studies, to document and contribute to the development of public policies capable of responding to the multiple needs and challenges nationwide. Registration is carried out in accordance with the principles of free association and self-determination of the Constitution. For this purpose, the State created the Civil Society Organizations Unified Information System (SUIOS, in Spanish) for public consultation on the Internet. This platform collects information regarding the field of action, scope, geographical location, among others. In October 2017, Decree No. 16 and its regulations were repealed by Decree No. 193, which simplifies procedures for civil society organizations.

The policy also promotes the acquisition of legal status, as it is in the interest of the State for the civil society to be formalized, so that it can be an organized speaker and to enable it to enter into contracts with public, private and international cooperation institutions, with the possibility of broadening the scope of its action.

What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 

To date, 810 civil society organizations, the scope of which is cultural, and with their legal status registered with the Ministry of Culture and Heritage, are recorded in the SUIOS. It is important to note that although the administrative process is advancing, the replacement of updated digital documentation takes longer.

Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 

Since it is an administrative procedure, it does not have a specific budget allocated, as it falls under the current expenditure category.

Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partnerType of entity
Government Ministry
Public Sector
Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
Objetivo(s) de la Convención 2005 de la UNESCO
Cultural Domain(s)