2.10 Current debates and reforms
White Paper No. 10 (2018 – 2019) [Frivilligheita – sterk, sjølvstendig, mangfaldig — Den statlege frivilligheitspolitikken] defines national policy for the voluntary sector, including youth volunteering, and spells out four policy objectives:
- Expand participation: Anyone should be able to access and benefit from the voluntary sector, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, income, level of function or field of interest.
- A strong and independent sector: The Government will facilitate a strong and independent sector. This means, among other things, to strengthen grant schemes, make the criteria for allocation transparent and facilitate possibilities for volunteers to access funds from other sources, such as private individuals and businesses.
- Simplification: It should be easy to run a voluntary organization. It should be easy for volunteers to apply for, receive and report on public support. Effective management and digitization are among the tools to achieve simplification.
- A coordinated voluntary policy: The voluntary sector is diverse. Voluntary policy is a responsibility across sectors and ministries. Good coordination between sectors will contribute to achieving the other policy objectives. This also applies locally.
The Ministry of Culture and Equality has started work on a strategy for cultural volunteering with a particular emphasis on local and regional culture. Parallel with this work the Ministry has initiated a review of regional funding structures for cultural activities.