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

(Noun) An official or authoritative book of record.

(Verb) To set down formally in writing; to record.

Aid in the form of money or necessities given to a person or persons in a state of poverty or want.
One who stands for or in the place of another or others. Holding the place of, and acting for, a larger body of persons. (Note the distinction from delegate).
Reserve Fund
Money kept back or placed on one side to meet future demands or contingencies.

1. The income of a government from all sources appropriated for the payment of public expenses.

2. Income of a private organisation from any source (especially when not directly earned).

Round Table Meeting

Literally: a number of persons seated round a circular table or imagined as forming a gathering of this kind.

Often used for a gathering for discussion only, without chairman or formal agenda.

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