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Civil society in poverty alleviation: perspectives from Tanzania, Ethiopia and Central America

Connolly, Eileen (2007) Civil society in poverty alleviation: perspectives from Tanzania, Ethiopia and Central America. In: Research Findings: Governance, Trade and Aid Effectiveness. Advisory Board for Irish Aid, pp. 71-89.

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Abstract

Although donor discourse on international development policy places less emphasis on civil society than formerly this paper present evidence from Tanzania, Ethiopia and Central America that aid for civil society has had a positive effect on the capacity of Southern civil society. As a result of international pressure, civil society in these developing states now face a more open environment for both advocacy and service provision, while financial support has allowed a much greater level of activity than would otherwise have been possible. This article is drawn from a larger study funded by the Advisory Board for Irish Aid, which examined the potential role of civil society in poverty reduction. It identifies the current threat to the continued development of civil society as coming from the narrowing of the potential role of civil society in the OECD aid harmonisation agenda and management and capacity constraints on the part of donors that curtails their engagement with this type of support.

Item Type:Book Section
Refereed:Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords:development; civil society; donor policy; PRSPs; gender;
Subjects:Social Sciences > International relations
Social Sciences > Political science
DCU Faculties and Centres:Research Initiatives and Centres > Centre for International Studies (CIS)
DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Science > School of Law and Government
Publisher:Advisory Board for Irish Aid
Official URL:http://www.abdci.gov.ie/index.asp
Copyright Information:© Copyright Eileen Connolly.
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
Funders:Irish Aid
ID Code:2108
Deposited On:10 Nov 2008 10:27 by Eileen Connolly. Last Modified 29 Aug 2013 11:05

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