Northern governments and NGOs are increasingly convinced that civil society will enable people in developing countries to escape the poverty trap. Civil Society and the Aid Industry, the product of extensive research by the prestigious North-South Institute in Canada, makes a critical appraisal of this new emphasis in the aid industry. It explores the roles of Northern governmental, multilateral and non-governmental agencies in supporting civil society, presenting in-depth case studies of projects in Peru, Kenya, Sri Lanka and Hungary, and gives detailed policy recommendations intended to improve the effectiveness and appropriateness of future projects.
Table of Contents
Introduction: All Roads Lead to Rome * Civil Society as Idea: An Analytical Hatstand? * Out of the Ivory tower: Civil Society and the Aid System * Hungary: Civil Society in the Post-Socialist World * Sri Lanka: Civil Society, the Nation and the State-building Challenge * Kenya: The State, Donors and the Politics of Democratization * Peru: Civil Society and the Autocratic Challenge * The Art of Strengthening Civil Society * Bibliography * Index