sst2_124- Civil society

But in the face of this sense of dis-empowerment, there is surprisingly is no decline in involvement in organizations which seek to share wealth and opportunities, protect one another’s rights and work towards the common good. According to the United Nations, civil society groups have grown 40-fold since the turn of last century. Internationally, the non-profit sector is worth one trillion dollars, and there are 700,000 such organizations in Australia alone. The UN recognizes 37,000 specifically civil society organizations across the globe, and gave 3,500 accreditation to the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development. This profound movement towards harnessing voices and resources from outside the realm of governments and officialdom reflects a profound growth in NGO’s third sector”, as some call it. As Robert Putnam discovered in the field of local government in Italy, the best predictor of governmental success was the strength and density of a region’s civic associations.
Main points:
The sense of dis-empowerment
Sharing wealth and opportunities
Protecting one another’s rights
Civil society groups
Giving accreditation on Sustainable Development
Harnessing voices and resources
Local government
Governmental success
The strength and density of civic associations

Other points:
The United Nations
The non-profit sector
A profound growth in NGO’s third sector

Sample answer:
The lecture was about civil society, which comprised dis-empowerment and sharing wealth and opportunities. The spokesperson described protecting the rights, and the fundamental essence of the strength and density of civic associations emphasized the significance of civil society groups. Ultimately, although giving accreditation on sustainable development could be inferred evidently from harnessing voices and resources, the corresponding impacts of governmental success, the United Nations, and non-profit sectors were acknowledged. (59)

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