Civil Society in the Making: Can NGOs Contribute to Developmentand Democracy
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The role of civil society in the improvement of equitable development and the stimulation of democratic culture has been notably recognised by international development agencies. In the new policy of "good governance" that proposes progress regarding development and democracy in parallel in the developing countries, civil society is often represented by nongovernmental rganisations (NGOs).
This paper bases its arguments primarily on theories in relation to the role of civil society with regard to development and democracy to raise concerns about current policy trends of "good governance" in the general context of developing countries with main focus on Africa. The concerns are substantiated by empirical verification through a review of literature. The paper concludes that NGOs are unlikely to have the strength to either promote development or foster democracy.
civil society, participatory governance, development, democratic culture
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-13764OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-13764DiVA: diva2:327186