What is Civil Society, Its Role and Value in 2018?

Civil society is widely understood as the space outside the family, market and state (WEF, 2013). What constitutes civil society has developed and grown since the term first became popular in the 1980s and it now signifies a wide range of organised and organic groups including nongovernmental organisations (NGOs), trade unions, social movements, grassroots organisations, online networks and communities, and faith groups (VanDyck, 2017; WEF, 2013). Civil society organisations (CSOs), groups and networks vary by size, structure and platform ranging from international non-governmental organisations (e.g. Oxfam) and mass social movements (e.g. the Arab Spring) to small, local organisations (e.g. Coalition of Jakarta Residents Opposing Water Privatisation).

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Topics Anti-corruption
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Author (individual) Rachel Cooper
Publication place UK
Publisher Knowledge, Evidence and Learning for Development (K4D)
Publication date 2018
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Keywords Civil society role,Civil society value,Organised civil society,Organic civil society
Date uploaded August 23, 2020, 15:23 (UTC)
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