Civis Polonus is a Warsaw-based NGO that helps to develop civic awareness and enable individuals to participate fully in public life. Its activities are based on the principle that a good state must be formed from a community of engaged, committed citizens, who know their rights and how to use them. Civis Polonus promotes this goal through a variety of activities to develop social competencies of individuals, encourage cooperation with others, and to take responsibility for public affairs. The NGO works with representatives of public authorities to create mechanisms for citizens to participate in decision-making processes. Civis Polonus also develops programmes of active civic education in schools and municipalities.