JOURNAL ISSUE 1

1998/1999

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The Neighbourhood Center: A New Strategy for Survival in Bulgaria

Elka Todorova

ABSTRACT

Seven years after the declared transition to a market economy and the start of reform in the social security system, social protection problems in Bulgaria are seen as an issue for the state regulation system. The idea that the Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) (2,800 in number, about 30% doing social activities) will play a corrective role in universal social policy has turned out to be unrealistic. In a situation of deep economic crises, when about 40% of the population is engaged in active state social measures, charitable activities are seen as the only other way to do social work. Is there a way to bring together these two extremes? Neighborhood centers as community support systems existing beyond the state-private dichotomy are a challenge to them both as well as a challenge to the ideology of division of private property and group rights.

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