Civil Society Organization Partnerships (CSOs)
Civil society refers to private, voluntary associations that are distinct from, but often interact with, government, the private sector, and the household. Private citizens voluntarily come together to discuss issues of mutual concern and to advance common interests. These associations can assume a variety of organizational structures, mandates, and memberships. They may be professional, religious, or cultural in orientation, and can include trade unions, business associations, cooperatives, think tanks, indigenous people's organizations, academia, journalist associations, hometown or church groups, burial societies, parent-teacher associations and professional groups.
As part of an ongoing effort to strengthen strategic partnerships, UNICEF has undertaken a revision of its procedures for cooperation with civil society organizations in order to enhance their quality and impact. Since 2008, the review process has benefited from a constructive engagement with Civil Society partners who helped to ensure that the revised agreements responded to diverse operational contexts.
UNICEF Mali works with international, national and community-based CSOs across diverse technical and thematic areas. The role of CSOs is recognized in the UNICEF Country Programme and Annual Action Plans and agreed by the Malian Government.