Example in practice
An assessment of Mali’s civil society has shown that at the grassroots level, there are numerous parent’s associations, community committees on health, women’s associations and other groups that have come together to advocate for their members’ interests vis-à-vis the government’s provision of services. National-level groups, such as those representing journalists, also have formed, including to pressure the government to better and more systematically address corruption and poverty.12
—— BBC World Service: Civil Society: The ultimate Third Way.
—— European Commission: Justice and Home Affairs – Freedom, Security and Justice Glossary.
—— London School of Economics: Centre for Civil Society.
—— UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service.
—— World Bank: Civil Society.
12 Abdou Togola and Dan Gerber. “An Evaluation of Malian Civil Society’s Role in Governance”. Open Society Institute Africa Governance Monitoring & Advocacy Project. (OSI, March 2007).