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Seeking the Way Forward: Civil Society in Bosnia and Herzegovina
To provide the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme in Bosnia and Herzegovina with a coherent framework for working with civil society actors in Bosnia and Herzegovina to better facilitate volunteerism and civic engagement, the UNV Field Unit for Bosnia and Herzegovina conducted a review and assessment of the civil society reports and needs assessments for Bosnia and Herzegovina released since 2008.
This review document is organized into 5 main sections:
- The basic characteristics of and challenges facing civil society and civil society actors in Bosnia and Herzegovina
- The role and status of volunteers within civil society in Bosnia and Herzegovina
- The collected recommendations put forth by recent civil society reports and needs assessments for Bosnia and Herzegovina since 2008
- Reflections, recommendations and conclusions on the United Nations
- Volunteers programme's role in strengthening civil society and volunteerism in Bosnia and Herzegovina
From the perspective of UNV, civil society is seen both as 'an overall public arena from a family unit to the state' containing a range of organizational structures, with differing forms and levels of self organization, independence, privacy and self-governance, and a space where citizens and citizen groups are able to work to realize individual and common interests. Importantly, it is a space within which civil society actors can mediate between government or public authorities, the private sector and citizens to ensure social inclusion, equality, human rights and participatory democracy.
However, while intimately linked to low levels of social trust and capital which characterize the social fabric of BiH , the social divisions present within civil society are seen to be less pronounced than those found in the country as a whole.
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