Civil Society Involvement in Drug Policy


With the input of the assessment  ,  a roadmap will be compiled, which provides guidance for the development and implementation of effective and sustainable civil society structures in the field of drug policy. Based on the first assessment, we will prepare a draft document with recommendations for the national action plans in the pilot countries Bulgaria, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal and Slovenia.  The final roadmap will be based on the full assessment and experience of the pilot countries and should stimulate and support stakeholders to develop CSI structures in their countries.

The roadmap will include a practical and comprehensive guideline for the establishment of new or the strengthening of existing civil society structures in regard to drug policies, including:

  • General conditions and critical factors for developing and implementing effective CSI;
  • Guidance for conducting national assessments;
  • Guidance for developing national action plans;
  • Guidance for forming CS coalitions;
  • Guidance to set up feasible and sustainable CS structures.

The final roadmap is expected to be available at the end of 2017.


The Regenboog Group (RG) is the main applicant of the project.

RG is an Amsterdam-based NGO committed to people with social problems, such as homelessness, drug and alcohol use and psychiatric disorders. RG is the host of Correlation – European Network Social Inclusion & Health.

The Centre for Interdisciplinary Addiction Research of the Hamburg University (ZIS)

has a sound record of successfully implemented projects on national, European and international level.
The ZIS conducts practice-oriented research in the field of drug policy, drug treatment, harm reduction, monitoring and health promotion for a variety of vulnerable groups such as prisoners, sex workers, women, ageing drug users. It also organises conferences, capacity building seminars and provides education to health professionals.

Apdes (Portugal), Ana Liffey (Ireland), Droghe Forum (Italy), Lila (Italy), Initiative of Health (Bulgaria)

are all leading CSOs in their country, working with marginalized groups and people and engaging in political dialogue.

  • Ana Liffey also provides the chair of the civil society working group in the current CSF on Drugs.
  • Lila provided the co-chair of the Civil society Forum on HIV/AIDS.


is a research institute in Slovenia, engaged in national and European projects, also chairing the working group on quality standards at the Civil society Forum on Drugs.

A number of relevant European Networks support the activities:

  • European Civil Society Forum on Drugs
  • European Civil Society Forum on HIV/AIDS
  • International Drug Policy Consortium
  • Harm Reduction International (European Harm Reduction Network),
  • European Network of People Who Use Drugs
  • European AIDS Treatment Group


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Civil Society Involvement in Drug Policy (CSIDP)
c/o Foundation De REGENBOOG GROEP
tel. +31 20 570 7826 (direct)
Droogbak 1d
1013 GE Amsterdam
The Netherlands


 Co-funded by the European Union