(Adapted from Citizenship Reimagined:  The Case for a Responsible Whole Citizenry  in Sierra Leone)


Civic engagement or civic participation denotes any individual or group activity seeking to address issues of public concern. Civic engagement includes people in their communities working together or individuals working alone or in partnership with state actors, governments or international organizations and NGOs to address social and public issues. The main goal of civic engagement is to address public concerns and promote the quality of the community. This quick reference civic engagement dictionary is aimed at doing just that—giving conceptual knowledge and awareness to students and youth to better engage and solve issues of public concerns in their community. This dictionary provides specific selections of words in the field of politics, civics, social science and international relations. This quick reference dictionary is for students at all levels, activists, advocates, social entrepreneurs and community organizers etc.