Civil Society

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Civil Society

A collection of persons who associate together to explore or promote their interests or goals. While civil society is not necessarily political or economic, it provides a sphere outside of the state or private sector in which people are motivated by their own goals, apart from profit or the good of the state. For that reason, civil society can exercise significant political influence. The growth of civil society is considered a mark of successful economic development of a country or region.
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Their conceptions of civil society may vary, but such intellectuals clearly recognize the distinction of external civil societies and the state, and aim at distinguishing their own civil societies from their states.
Their assessment of the functioning of civil societies was therefore not conducive to extensive relations with external institutions.
It was suggested that, first, the information from this workshop should be disseminated to civil societies in those countries.
Practically, there is not one but many civil societies, yet denominational organisations are beginning to dominate.
Contrary to the claim that the concept of civil society is alien, civil societies have long histories in Asia and are highly diverse in terms of composition, goals, and strategies.
While the editor may not have intended to emphasize linkages with global civil society as one of the book's analytical themes, the study of civil societies in Asia will not be complete without understanding their myriad (and no doubt at times contentious) connections to the amorphous global civil society in such areas as the environment, equal rights, HIV/AIDS, and fair trade.
The focus on constitutional changes accompanied by citizens' rights, political representation and the accountability of governing bodies affirms the new political attitude that emanates from civil societies in the Arab world.
BEIRUT: A report on the role of civil societies in the Arab world urged Lebanese citizens to abandon sectarian tendencies in favor of national values and interests.
The 11th Annual Report on Arab Civil Societies was launched at the headquarters of the Amel Association in Beirut.
This week's radio and TV programme, "Your Voice", a joint initiative of the Killid media group and its partners -- Pajhwok Afghan News and Saba Media Organistaion -- within the newly-created Afghanistan Media Consortium, was attended by Ahmad Zia Riffat, a teacher at Kabul University and civil society activist, Farid Nekzad, a journalist and Gulalai Achakzai, the civil societies cooperation organistaion member.
The eight members were officially released in the evening hours on Wednesday after the intervention of the United Nations and human rights bodies in an earlier meeting on Tuesday in which the international organizations secured only the freedom of only 8 out of 14 detained representatives of the civil societies in the state.
Pak-Afghan Civil Society Forum is an initiative to bring Pak-Afghan civil society on a united platform to promote peace and building confidence between the various facets of civil societies of the two nations.
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