Civil society organizations can play an important role in the process of social change and they are also supposed to contribute towards development change and increased government accountability.

Civil society organizations also can play a significant role in building and strengthening democracy as they are organized groups and institutions that are independent of the state, voluntary, and at least to some extent self-generating and self-reliant.

FISD believes that in a democratic society, civil society groups have the respect for the law, for the rights of individuals, and for the rights of other groups to express their interests and opinions. Becoming a “civil” society implies tolerance and the accommodation of pluralism and diversity for the society they live in.

Civil l society actors should always watch how state officials use their powers. They should raise public concern about any abuse of power. They should lobby for access to information, including freedom of information laws, and rules and institutions to control corruption. At the same time they can contribute to change their community’s attitudes, behaviors and responses towards any harmful practice and violation of any human right. They can also contribute towards challenging social stereotypes, injustice and discriminations.

FISD civil society program thus expects its members to stand for above aspects of civil life and play a functioning role in organizing communities for active involvement and contribution towards change.

FISD as a national NGO is committed to contribute to the strengthening and working in solidarity with the Civil Society Sector Local and Globally.

FISD welcomes networking and working with organizations, professionals and individual who works to improve the capacity of the civil society organizations.

FISD CSO program is conducted in the districts of ,

- Horowpathana
- Ipalogama

- Buttala
- Badalkumbura

- Ukuwela
- Rathtota
- Abangangakorale