Civil Society Glossary


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In the summer of 2004, the UIA partnered with the Europhil Trust to edit, publish and host its Civil Society Glossary. This is the most recent version which appeared online in 2006.

The Civil Society Glossary is a resource of terms and definitions used when working in and with the civil society sector.

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Term Definition
Soundness of the body. Optimal wellness of the individual. The attainment of an optimal health level for all individuals is the goal of health services which seek to achieve this goal by the promotion and maintenance of health, treatment and, where feasible, cure of diseases, and rehabilitation of the handicapped.
Human Need
A particular problem experienced by individuals in families or other groupings of people which impedes their optimal functioning in society and requires a programs or combination of programs to provide a means of solving or coping with that problem.
Human Service
Services provided by charities meeting human needs.
Activities for the advancement of the welfare of the human race without consideration of differences of race, religion, politics etc. It refers particularly to aid given to alleviate human suffering during armed conflict.
Humanities, The
Learning or literature concerned with human culture.
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