Includes social groups of a society such as NGOs, women¹s and youth groups, faith based organisations, user and interest groups (e.g. people living with HIV/AIDS, labour groups) and many others
This term has many meanings. Some use it to describe the combination of decency, civility, and manners that are adopted as an antidote to the harsh edge of public debate. Others consider the term to be synonymous with private charity, volunteerism, and service. For most, maintaining a civil society means affirming and strengthening the community-based, voluntary, religious, and civic institutions in our society that sustain our democracy.