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their full potential as catalysts of local socio-economic development.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Civil Society?
Civil Society [also known as the non-profit or non-governmental sector] can be defined to include all non-market and nonstate organizations outside of the family in which people organize themselves to pursue shared interests in the public domain. Civil Society Organizations are voluntary organizations with governance and direction coming from citizens or constituency members, without significant government-controlled participation or representation.
Examples include community-based organization and village associations, environmental groups, women’s rights groups, farmers’ associations, faith-based organizations, labor unions, co-operatives, professional associations, chambers of commerce, independent research institutes, and the not-for-profit media.
What are Solidarity Economy enterprises?
"Solidarity economy or Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) refers to a wide range of economic activities that aim to prioritize social profitability instead of purely financial profits. A key feature that distinguishes solidarity economy entities from private and public enterprises is the participatory and democratic nature of governance in decision-making processes as one of the main principles of the SSE sector. Active participation of all people involved in decision-making procedures contributes to their empowerment as active political subjects. However, different SSE organizational structures [i.e. cooperatives, mutuals, etc.] reflect variations in democratic governance and inclusive participation. Ultimately, SSE represents a crucial tool in guaranteeing that social justice ideals are upheld and that the wellbeing of the most vulnerable populations is paid attention to during the planning processes."
Source: Solidarity Economy on Wikipedia
What is the role of Civil Society and Solidarity Economy in socio-economic development?
Civil Society [and Solidarity Economy organizations] are an essential building block of development and national cohesion. In a country blessed with peace and stability, civil society fills the space untouched by government and the private sector. In a fragile and conflict-ridden country, it plays an even more important role of providing services normally the responsibility of the state and business and can lay the foundation for reconciliation.
Civil society organizations play multiple roles. They are an important source of information for both citizens and government. They monitor government policies and actions and hold the government accountable. They engage in advocacy and offer alternative policies for government, the private sector, and other institutions. They deliver services, especially to the poor and underserved. They defend citizen rights and work to change and uphold social norms and behaviors.
Source: George Ingram, Brookings Institute
What is a Certified Association Executive?
The Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential is the marker of a committed association professional who has demonstrated a wide range of knowledge essential to manage an association in today’s challenging environment. Issued by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), the CAE exam consists of 119 essential association management competencies organized into eight knowledge domains, including:
Domain 1: Governance
A. Governance Structure
B. Chapters and Affiliate Relations
C. Volunteer Leadership Development
Domain 2: Executive Leadership
A. Decision Making
B. Ethical Leadership
C. Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity
Domain 3: Organizational Strategy
A. General Management
B. Critical Analysis and Planning
C. Knowledge Management
Domain 4: Operations
A. Financial Management
B. Human Resources
C. Legal Oversight and Risk Mitigation
D. Infrastructure and Technology
E. Vendor Relations
Domain 5: Business Development
A. Programs, Products, Services, and Non-dues Revenue
B. Meetings and events
C. Certification, Licensure, and Accreditation
D. Industry Standards
E. Strategic Partnerships
Domain 6: Member and Stakeholder Engagement and Management
A. Recruitment and Retention
B. Stakeholder Identification and Cultivation
C. Volunteer Management
Domain 7: Advocacy
A. Government Relations
B. Coalition Building
C. Public Policy
Domain 8: Marketing and Communication
B. Brand Management
D. Public Relations
E. Vendor/Supplier Management
F. Business Planning
What is the meaning of Worldwise?
Here is what Wiktionary, the Free Dictionary, says about the meaning of worldwise:
Alternative forms: world-wise
Etymology: From Middle English worldwis, from Old English woruldwīs (“worldwise, worldly-wise, learned”), equivalent to world + wise.
Adjective: worldwise (comparative more worldwise, superlative most worldwise)
Knowledgeable about the world; worldly-wise; sophisticated; experienced.
Derived terms: worldwisdom