Thursday, July 7

A historic agreement between the Government and the Third Sector

This month of July will be marked in the history of advances in social rights in our country. After years of work, the Third Sector, articulated around the Third Sector Platform, and the Ministry of Social Rights and Agenda 2030 have signed a historic agreement. A fact of which both the Government and the entities of the Third Sector, but also society as a whole, should be proud.

The agreement that we have sealed is a historical vindication of the Third Sector. A claim that is finally answered and achieved and that demonstrates the essential nature of the entities and organizations that every day work to guarantee the rights of all citizens, but especially of those most vulnerable people who still do not see all their rights recognized. .

A pact that has been reached in a tremendously complex context, marked by the pandemic and by the social and economic crisis generated by it, in which Third Sector entities have had to redouble our efforts and our resources to get where they didn’t. institutions. A time in which the Third Sector has been shown to be essential.

In addition, we can say that it is more necessary than ever. After the serious social consequences that COVID 19 has left, our social reality is marked by the increase in inequality, by the precariousness of large sectors, the poverty that affects a part of the population, the maintenance of barriers and obstacles to full inclusion and social cohesion.

Since the birth of the Third Sector Platform, as an organization that represents more than 28,000 social entities throughout the country, we have been demanding a true dialogue with the administration that would allow us to establish an authentic civil dialogue. And this agreement reaffirms and consolidates this line. It allows us to advance and broaden the objectives of the Third Sector, that is, that the needs of people are met, that public policies of inclusion and social cohesion are at the top of the agenda.

And why do we say that it is a historic agreement that deepens and advances the progress of the rights of all citizens? Because it addresses three key elements for the Third Sector of our country. In the first place, it reinforces the channels of dialogue between the Third Sector and the Government. It is necessary for both parties to maintain a real and authentic collaboration, based on transparency, cooperation, mutual recognition, participation, coordination, networking and social innovation.

It also addresses another essential aspect so that Third Sector entities can continue to develop our activity. It improves and advances in a stable and secure financing of Third Sector entities and, therefore, offers the necessary security to be able to continue deepening in the construction of an advanced democratic society. The Third Sector plays an essential role in the social welfare production system of our country. People are the center of our work: we are people who work for people. This horizontal nature of our action constitutes the key to our work and the differential value of our work.

Finally, this agreement will allow us to address the various pending regulatory developments that we have been demanding since the approval of the Law of the Third Sector of Social Action in 2015. A matter that was essential and urgent to deploy since this law recognizes the crucial role of the Third sector in the design and implementation of policies against poverty and social exclusion and establishes a series of measures to promote the sector by the General State Administration.

The agreement reached also has a projection and a direct link with social reconstruction. It comes to contribute to it, encourages it, widens it and represents a great advance. It shows that the Third Sector wants and has to be a participant in said reconstruction if we really want the social to be transversal to all the actions, programs and projects linked to it. If we aspire to reach all people, especially those who are in situations of vulnerability and exclusion, so that no one is truly left behind. For without the participation and involvement of the Third Sector, the reconstruction will not be truly social. A strong commitment to defending people’s social rights, the rights to housing, education, accessibility, integration and an adequate standard of living is necessary. We demand that the necessary policies be developed in favor of the real and effective equality of the people and groups in which they belong.

For all these reasons, we must congratulate ourselves and be proud of this agreement. Because it shows that the Third Sector is an important and essential actor, but, above all, because it will allow us to advance in what the Third Sector works day by day, that is, in the guarantee and defense of the rights of all citizens.

However, we are aware that there is still a long way to go. We are at the starting point. This agreement does not mean that all transcendental issues for the Third Sector are resolved and, of course, it does not exhaust the possible advances and necessary advances in new and diverse ways of collaboration. It means that we are on the right track.