Organizations Of Civil Societes
- a non-governmental, non-partisan entity established at least by two or more persons on voluntary basis and registered to carry out any lawful purpose, and includes non-government organizations, professional associations, mass based societies and consortiums;
CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANIZATIONS
- Non-State, not-for-profit, voluntary entities formed by people in the social sphere that are separate from the State and the market. CSOs represent a wide range of interests and ties. They can include community-based organizations as well as non-governmental organizations (NGOs). In the context of the UN Guiding Principles Reporting Framework, CSOs do not include business or for-profit associations.
- Civil society is a key partner of donors in development countries. Actors of civil society can for instance include non-governmental organisations (NGOs), professional associations, social partners, universities or media representatives. They are usually close to local communities and can therefore play a crucial role in development cooperation. The ACSO is working to strengthen the role of civil society organisations (CSOs) in shaping strategies with a view to improving local ownership of development processes.