Performing Different Roles

Some civil society groups are losing sight of their domestic constituencies.

21 January 2019

NGOs are not political parties, yet they play an important political role in the society.

Understanding what the “third sector” may be confusing for many. The definitions offered can often feel vague or too multifaceted. When representatives of this sector of society wish to reach out to the public, they often face the dilemma which component is more important for their audience: is it that the third sector is not focused on generating profit, or is it that they are separate from the elected political representation embodied in the government?

To overcome these issues, instead of NGOs or the third sector, I prefer to talk about organised civil society. It is a little more encompassing, and I think it enables us to have more clarity in the concept.

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Andrej Nosko

PILnet’s Director for Europe. Previously, he was the head of Governance and Policy Debates Division at Open Society Initiative for Europe (OSIFE) and the Program Manager at Think Tank Fund.

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