Civil society organizations engage with UN-habitat at all levels and form most of all stakeholders that partner with UN-habitat. Community-based organizations are the action-oriented operational grassroots organization with a vital link between local communities and all other stakeholders. Civil society organizations act as implementing partners in the design and delivery of UN-Habitat’s technical co-operation programmes in field projects, particularly in the areas of training, provision of local information for planning and in implementation.

The CSO also support the monitoring and reporting of development indicators, help formulate legislation and policy, provide feedback from civil society to other partners and maintain databases to connect skills within communities on needs of partners.