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People´s power : debating civic driven change

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Abstract: The Broker asked people all over the world to participate in a debate on civic driven change (CDC), one of the principles that guided Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. This article summarizes their responses. Spurred by the need among Dutch aid organizations for new ideas to guide their practice, the CDC initiative brought together thinkers and practitioners to begin developing a new, bottom-up, citizen- and society-based approach to social change. The thinking was that development cooperation, or in a CDC-inspired term, ‘aided change’, needed an alternative to the practice of planned, linear and top-down interventions. The outputs so far include a book of eight essays written by the members of the core CDC group, and a seminar at the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague on 15 October 2008, where the group discussed their ideas with around 180 participants, most of them Dutch development practitioners. The new approach calls for trust-based, open-ended support of civic agency, but still guided by values.
Authors: Verkoren, W.
Category: Policy
End Page: 11
Serial number: 11
ISSN: 1874-2033
Journal: The Broker
Keywords: development policy , democratisation , participation , civil society
Language: eng
Organization: The Broker
Year: 2008
Right: © 2008 IDP. This article has been licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported license.
Subject: Social and Political Change
Start Page: 8
Title: People´s power : debating civic driven change