17 de January de 2023


How does the Third Sector contribute to the development of Brazil?

When talking about the Third Sector, many people associate it with the practice of charity. Thus, they see the actions of civil society organizations as an “emergency act” and ignore the role of institutions in the social development of the entire country.

Below, you can see details of the importance of the Third Sector in Brazilian growth.

What is social development?

First of all, it is necessary to understand what social development is. This concept is linked to economic and human development, aiming at well-being and focusing mainly on improving the quality of life of vulnerable populations.

For this, it is necessary to observe questions such as justice, freedom, equity, democracy, solidarity, equality, access to education, health and food, among others. These factors allow the self-realization of people in a community.

It is worth mentioning that the search for equity is important for the country as a whole. It allows for greater prosperity, educational and technological advances, a better workforce and attracts more investment.. 

But how to measure whether or not there is social development or whether a country needs an investment in politics? To facilitate understanding, some international organizations, such as the United Nations (UN), have established standards that are considered “desirable social objectives”, such as, for example, the Sustainable Development Goals

Third Sector work

The Third Sector acts to induce and complement the execution of public policies, drawing attention to the need for intervention by municipal, state and federal governments in certain areas.

In addition, organizations also offer goods and services to meet the needs of the population, especially people in situations of social vulnerability. This is because, often, the State is not able to offer services to all members of the population, especially in more remote locations or less economically privileged regions.

Often, the Third Sector is the population’s only access to certain rights. For example, the professionalizing courses at Ramacrisna, which enable young people and adults to gain new possibilities for entering the job market. Thus, they have a significant improvement in their income, allowing for greater personal and community development..

Another benefit is the autonomy of CSOs in relation to the State. With this, organizations can help monitor the actions of governments. In addition, they can influence the composition of political agendas with more tools than the average citizen has, which is very enriching for the consolidation of democracy.

This autonomy also allows them to carry out their activities or provide services observing other work methodologies that they may consider more appropriate. That is, organizations do not need to follow a “pre-established method”, thus allowing the identification of new solutions for expanding the alternatives available to the population..

Finally, as a productive sector of our economy, CSOs also generate jobs and put goods and services into circulation in the market. Therefore, they also have their share in the composition of the Brazilian Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

About Ramacrisna

For more than six decades, the Instituto Ramacrisna has offered education, leisure, culture, sport, learning, digital inclusion and professionalization actions for children, adolescents and adults in socially vulnerable situations.

In all, more than two million people have already had their lives transformed by at least one of our projects, in 11 cities in the Metropolitan Region of Belo Horizonte. This represents not only personal and family improvements. But also a reduction in crime, a more prepared workforce and more art and culture actions that improve the rates in Minas Gerais and, consequently, in Brazil.

Now that you know how our projects help society as a whole, make your donation and join this chain of good.


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