FBOs in Civil Society

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Civil society is further argued to be an area for voluntary formal and informal collective citizens engagement distinct from families, State and profit seeking organisations. Gordon White, a British Scholar defines civil society as ‘an intermediate associational realm between state and family, populated by organizations which are separate from the state, enjoy autonomy in relation to and are formed voluntarily by members of the society to protect or extend their interests and values’. This therefore means when talking about the civil society one will also be including FBOs as something not distinct outside Civil Society but distinct within Civil Society. FBOs become distinct in the sense that they have a religious orientation which impacts its mission and programming. From whites’ definition, the interests he mentions that the people might want to protect and values they would want to extend may be political, economic, social or religious.

FBOs in Zimbabwe have been involved in the political economy of Zimbabwe for some decades now. Ruzive Munetsi (44) argue that churches are involved in the political economy of the country by making use of ‘ para church agencies or Organisations’ which are the Faith Based Organisation in which they engage the government in economics, politics and social issues. The reason why the church makes use of these organisations is…

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