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When 'civics' go 'governance' : on the role and relevance of civic organisations in the policy arena in sub-Saharan Africa : synthesis paper


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Abstract: This paper analyses the lobby and advocacy work of civil society organisations in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. Their efficacy are put to the test and it questions whether civic organisations really are a countervailing force vis-a-vis the state, promoting democracy and triggering development for the poor. The paper suggests to move away from the assumption that NGO engagement contributes to the improvement of (democratic) governance, an increase of pro-poor development and a decrease of poverty in a linear fashion.
Authors: Brouwers, R.
Series Title: The power of civil society : working paper series
Country: Kenya , Tanzania, United Republic of , Uganda , Zambia
Category: General
ISSN: 1879-7105
Keywords: civil society , governance , non-governmental organizations
Language: eng
Organization: Hivos – Humanist Institute for Development Cooperation
Organization: ISS - International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus university
PAGE: 46
Place: The Hague
Publisher: Hivos [etc,]
Year: 2011
Region: East Africa
Right: © 2011 Hivos & ISS
Subject: Development Cooperation General
Title: When 'civics' go 'governance' : on the role and relevance of civic organisations in the policy arena in sub-Saharan Africa : synthesis paper