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Civil Society Legitimacy and Accountability: Issues and Challenges
"To fulfill their promise, civil society organizations (CSOs) must themselves grapple with clarifying their legitimacy as social and political actors and their accountabilities to key stakeholders that ensure that they contribute to the public good. This paper teases apart some of the complexities of civil society legitimacy and accountability and describes examples of the growing array of systems and practices for responding to legitimacy and accountability challenges. It offers a framework for understanding the concepts of legitimacy and accountability, and then suggests approaches to enhancing the legitimacy and accountability of CSOs and multi-organization domains."