Civil society acts as a bridge between citizen and state

There is evidence that the social ability that people and households have to direct and use resources for their own benefit also have a positive impact on development processes and outcomes and on government accountability and performance (World Bank, 1996).

Civil institutions in Asia

Social capital and poverty in Tanzania

Where can I find out more?
There are many readings and linked web resources on 'social capital' at


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Defining civil society?
Civil society and the state

State and non-state:
a working possibility?

Interactive exercise