Who is Civil Society Bahamas?
Civil Society Bahamas (CSB) was founded in 2002 and incorporated in 2005. It is a Bahamian incorporated organization having a membership consisting of individuals, non-governmental organizations and civil society institutions that seek to manifest the interests and will of Bahamian citizens. CSB is a non-partisan, non-governmental, civil society organization which focuses on the betterment of individuals through improvement of their general social, economic, spiritual and mental welfare. This objective of betterment for Bahamians is further supported through alliances with international organizations such as The Organization of American States (OAS), International Labor Or ganization (ILO), United Nations (UN), Inter-American Bank (IDB) / IDB ConSoc Bahamas and others.
What is Civil Society?
Civil Society is the arena outside the family, the state and the market place where people associate to advance common interests. It is sometimes considered to include the family and the private sector and then referred to as the “ third sector ” of society, distinct from government and business. Sometimes the term is used in the more general sense of “ the elements such as freedom of speech, an independent judiciary, etc., that makes up a democratic society ” (Collins English Dictionary).
A Bahamas where is civil society is respected and fully engaged in good governance.
As the third pillar of governance Civil Society Bahamas will lead coalition building among members and other CSO partners and promote civil society engagement in national development.
Our membership is drawn from a wide cross-section of Bahamian CSOs (NGOs) and Non Profit organisations.
The Bahamas Christian Council
The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation
The Trade Union Congress
The National Congress of Trade Unions
The College of The Bahamas
The National Organisation of Women's Associations in The Bahamas (NOWAB)