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          • Year: 2009
          • Civil society organisations 2000-2008

          • During the last couple of decades, civil society organisations have became actors in the security sector. Good governance of the security sector is not only effective exercise of the economic, political and administrative competences of government, but also requires the involvement of non-statutory actors in the control and oversight of state institutions.

        • Civil society is, in most general terms, a corpus of different, national and transnational, non-statutory, non-political, and non-profit organisations and institutions, founded by individuals or groups of people with the purpose to jointly achieve and/or protect particular individual, group, and/or collective interests. This corpus includes a variety of citizens’ associations, media, unions, educational institutions, research institutes, pressure groups, religious communities and sports associations.


          Consistent with this, civil society organisations (CSOs) can be defined as a form of self-organisation of civil society with the purpose of achieving and/or protecting specific interests or needs. The goal of their activity is not profit and, if they do, or when they do, they should invest these proceeds into future development. Also, their intention is not to win political power, or at least it is not in words. This makes them institutionally and functionally detached from government and political parties. However, this does not mean that they do not have significant political influence. Civil society organisations have flexible organisational structures and their members act autonomously in deciding about  internal structure, control, and management.

        • Tags: yearbook, security sector reform, research, Serbia, civil society, Zorana Brozović
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