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Restructuring of administrative responsibility-VIII

By Yousuf Awadh Al-Azmi

There is something called civil society in the state structure, and the civil society is varied with all types of voluntary work. I am here talking about purely voluntary work for which the volunteer does not get a salary or financial reward, as in a true civil society. As for my personal understanding of work for which money is paid, regardless of the nature of that money, these are jobs or certain duties with noble and humanitarian efforts that deserve appreciation, but they do not qualify for the work of a civil society with voluntary nature. So I do not think paid jobs are part of civil society; rather it is a job or practical duty or work for money, and not voluntary work.

It is also important to respect the human being’s wish or need for a part-time job that brings an additional income in addition to their fixed income. There is no objection to that; rather I support the idea of someone improving their income in any way according to the law, be it through real estate or shares as an extra job or any other activities that brings money without any suspicion around it. I am naming things as they are and there is nothing wrong with that. But voluntary work has approaches that are different than working for money. It is not realistic to receive financial return, no matter its name – maybe paid travel – then call it voluntary work.

So it is important to call things as they are, and to have a clear official definition of voluntary work, as it is not realistic for someone who has a volunteer description and receives money for it. There is nothing wrong with that, as I said, and there is no objection over means of making a living, but we have to name things as they are. Here I believe it is important to categorize and organize jobs of the so-called civil society. For example, is it realistic to describe a person who runs for cooperative posts and receives a percentage according to the law from the returns as a volunteer?

Does a person who works in charity committees and receives a percentage from donations, under any name, or airline tickets, pocket money, rent allowance and other allowances, considered a volunteer? Can a person who works in a sports club and receives money or salary be described as a volunteer? Does a person who works in an NGO and travels at the cost of the organization, sometimes with very expensive first class tickets, be described as a volunteer?

The same goes for many others, so it is important, and to preserve the efforts of true volunteers, that there should be a clear legal definition and categorization that describes who is a volunteer, and what is the description of the person who receives money for what is supposed to be voluntary work, so things do not get mixed up.

It is also important for authorities concerned with civil society affairs not to issue approvals without thorough legal studies, and study the feasibility of the existence of establishments under the name of civil society and the means of its finances and principles, so that licenses of organizations that do not offer any benefit or there is no need for their existence or those that deviate from the required legal status are revoked.

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