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Mauritian civil society consists of various NGOs which deal with education, environmental and sustainable development, gender and health.

The Mauritius Council for Social Service (MACOSS) is the recognised umbrella body for Mauritian NGOs. With a membership of 204 organisations MACOSS’ role is to foster co-operation between NGOs, government departments and the international community. MACOSS is jointly funded by the European Union, embassies in Mauritius, and the Canada Fund.

Organisations seeking official recognition as NGOs should apply to the Registrar of Associations’ Office. Organisations can then join MACOSS upon completion of a minimum two-year period of existence.

Mauritius was a founding member of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and belongs to the International Trade Union Confederation, the world’s largest trade union federation. There are three main trade unions in the country, which have over 100,000 members between them.