Civil Society

28-09-2011 03:40 PM - عدد القراءات : 2288
كتب by Transparency International
The arena, outside of the family, state and market where people associate to advance a common set of interests. Voluntary and community groups, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), trade unions and faith-based organizations commonly are included in this sphere.11

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Example in practice
 
An assessment of Mali’s civil society has shown that at the grassroots level, there are numerous parent’s associations, community committees on health, women’s associations and other groups that have come together to advocate for their members’ interests vis-à-vis the government’s provision of services. National-level groups, such as those representing journalists, also have formed, including to pressure the government to better and more systematically address corruption and poverty.12
 
Relevant links
 
—— Civicus:
 
—— BBC World Service: Civil Society: The ultimate Third Way.
 
—— European Commission: Justice and Home Affairs – Freedom, Security and Justice Glossary.
 
—— London School of Economics: Centre for Civil Society.
 
—— UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service.
 
—— World Bank: Civil Society.
 
11 See: F. Heinrich. “Assessing and Strengthening Civil Society Worldwide”, CIVICUS Civil Society Index Paper Series. Volume 2, Issue. (Johannesburg, South Africa: CIVICUS, 2004). http://www.civicus.org/new/media/CSI_Heinrich_paper.pdf.
 
12 Abdou Togola and Dan Gerber. “An Evaluation of Malian Civil Society’s Role in Governance”. Open Society Institute Africa Governance Monitoring & Advocacy Project. (OSI, March 2007).