Cittadinanzattiva (Active Citizenship Network, ACN)
Cittadinanzattiva (Active citizenship) is an Italian non-profit organization founded in 1978. It is independent from political parties, trade unions, private companies and public institutions. It is recognized as a consumer organization since 2000.
Cittadinanzattiva’s main objectives are the promotion of civic participation and the protection of citizens’ rights in Italy and in Europe. It considers citizens a fundamental resource for democracy who play an active role in society and should have the opportunity to participate in everyday policy-making.
Cittadinanzattiva’s strategy is threefold:
- empowerment of individuals and organizations, i.e. strengthening of their capacity to defend fundamental rights, take care of the common goods and participate in policy-making. The main instrument to reach this goal is the training of citizens in the use of civic tools such as Charters of rights, advise services, monitoring, promotion of good practices, etc;
- production of civic information, i.e. data on the situation of citizens’ rights collected and analysed by citizens themselves. The main sources of civic information are the monitoring activities and the advice and assistance services of Cittadinanzattiva, PIT salute (welfare and health) and PIT servizi (general interest services);
- advocacy, which includes the protection of single citizen’s rights (PIT salute and PIT servizi), as well as the promotion of citizens’ rights in general. It is mainly implemented through a constant dialogue with public institutions and political parties.