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Civil society organizations (CSOs) play a crucial role in strengthening democracy and promoting social justice, but they often face funding challenges that limit their effectiveness. Examine.

Topic: Development processes and the development industry —the role of NGOs, SHGs, various groups and associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders.

3. Civil society organizations (CSOs) play a crucial role in strengthening democracy and promoting social justice, but they often face funding challenges that limit their effectiveness. Examine. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Moderate

Reference: Live MintInsights on India

Why the question:

The author suggests that governments and private donors should provide sustained and predictable funding to CSOs to enable them to plan and implement long-term projects that address social issues.

Key Demand of the question: 

To write about the functions of civil society, their issues with funding and possible solutions to it.

Directive word: 

Examine – When asked to ‘Examine’, we must investigate the topic (content words) in detail, inspect it, investigate it and establish the key facts and issues related to the topic in question. While doing so we should explain why these facts and issues are important and their implications.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin by mentioning how civil society is considered as the 5th Pillar of democracy.

Body:

First, write about how NGOs and humanitarian aid organizations make it their business to demand accountability from governments, employers, and community members. Mention few successful incidents of civil society participation in bringing about accountability and uphold rule of law.

Next, write about the limitations of civil society in India especially in regards to funding and suggest measures to overcome the same.

Conclusion:

Conclude by writing a way forward.