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The Elusive Promise of NGOs in Africa : Lessons from Uganda : Lessons from Uganda - Susan Dicklitch

The Elusive Promise of NGOs in Africa : Lessons from Uganda

Lessons from Uganda

Hardcover Published: September 1998
ISBN: 9780333710715
Number Of Pages: 294

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Dicklitch challenges the dominant now-liberal discourse on democratization and development in Africa that views NGOs and civil society as the panacea for underdevelopment and authoritarianism. Focusing on NGOs and civil society, this should argues that the democratizing and empowerment potential of NGOs and civil society is severely constrained not only by state- imposed bottlenecks, structural and historical impediments and internal NGO limitations, but also by the dominant development paradigm of neo-liberalism which views NGOs as fulfilling a gap-filling role for the shrinking African state. The case study of Uganda offers ample evidence to discount the automatic association often made between liberalization and democratization. NGOs, important actors within civil society, are allowed to function as long as the 'fit' within the liberalization agenda, fulfilling an gap-filling rather than empowerment or advocacy role.

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'A lucid and well-researched critique of the popular notion that NGOs, as constituent elements of a revitalized `civil society', represent a potent force for empowerment and democracy in Africa. Susan Dicktlich succumbs neither to a romanticization of civil society not to despair in their incisive evaluation.' - Professor Richard Sandbrook

List of Tables and Figuresp. viii
Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgementsp. x
List of Abbreviationsp. xi
Map of Uganda (Districts)p. xiv
NGOs, Civil Society and Democracyp. 1
Structural Bottlenecks to Democracyp. 31
Democratization from Above?p. 56
State-Civil Society Relationsp. 98
NGOs: Harbingers of Democratization?p. 123
Whither NGOs and Democracy in Africa?p. 169
Indigenous Registered NGOs in Uganda (1986-93)p. 177
Foreign Registered NGOs in Uganda (1986-93)p. 232
Notesp. 246
Referencesp. 274
Indexp. 290
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ISBN: 9780333710715
ISBN-10: 0333710711
Series: International Political Economy
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 294
Published: September 1998
Publisher: SPRINGER VERLAG GMBH
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 14.0  x 2.06
Weight (kg): 0.55
Edition Number: 2

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