CIVIL SOCIETY: Who belongs to it?
While descriptions vary across institutions the civil society ecosystem typically includes:
NGOs, non-profit organizations and civil society organizations (CSOs) that have an organized structure or activity and are typically registered entities and groups.
On-line groups and activities including social media communities that can be organized but do not necessarily have physical, legal or financial structures.
Social movements of collective action and/or identity, which can be on-line or physical.
Religious leaders, faith communities, and faith-based organizations.
Labour unions and Labour organizations representing workers.
Social entrepreneurs employing innovative and/or market oriented approaches for social and environmental outcomes.
Grassroots associations and activities at local level.
Cooperatives owned and democratically controlled by their members.
Here the focus is on civil society actors working positively to reduce societal harms and increase societal benefits. They aim to improve social cohesion; increase levels of economic and social development; reduce the burdens of poverty, ill-health and inequality; promote the interests of marginalized groups; extend the protection of social, civil and political rights; protect the environment, and provide services such as health, education and other forms of community development.
Birungi K. Desiderius
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Better World Uganda
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