Friday, 16 May 2014

Civil Society

Broadly, civil society can be conceived as including all public political non-state
activity occurring between government and family. Civil Society comprises all
independent voluntary and private sector activities that include individuals and
households, the media, business and civic institutions and organisations, etq. Civil
society organisations have been responsible for advancing political freedom,
safeguarding basic rights, enhancing civil institutions and furthering social
development at a much lower cost than the government. These responsibilities are
reflected in the activities of non-governmental organisations, social movements,
community-based people's organisations, religious groups, peasants associations,
consumer groups and trade unions. The civil society has a special role for those
who are excluded from the formal structures of governance, such as women. the
poor, and minorities (ethnic, religious, racial), civil society institutions often welcome
alternatives.
The stronger or more dense and vibrant the civil Society, the better the democracy .
functions. Civil Society is a precondition for democracy.