The European Commission, in its Communication on the “Roots of Democracy and Sustainable Development ”, acknowledges the important role of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) by stating that “an empowered civil society is a crucial component of any democratic system and is an asset in itself. It represents and fosters pluralism and can contribute to more effective policies, equitable and sustainable development and inclusive growth. It is an important player in fostering peace and in conflict resolution. By articulating citizens' concerns, civil society organisations are active in the public arena, engaging in initiatives to further participatory democracy. They embody a growing demand for transparent and accountable governance”.
In the same Communication document the EU, reinforces its support to the capacity development of CSOs, to increase the impact of CSOs, and overcome capacity constraints ranging from limitations in technical management, leadership skills and fundraising, to results management and issues of internal governance. The EU gives particular consideration ;