Supporting Civil Society

The Political Role of Non-Governmental Organizations in Central America

  • Laura¬†Macdonald

Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)

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About this book

Introduction

Many analysts are looking to non-governmental organizations (NGOs) as the promoters of more equitable and democratic forms of development because of their status as actors in civil society. Based on a critical evaluation of six rural development projects in Costa Rica and Nicaragua, Supporting Civil Society shows that NGOs often perpetuate paternalism and dependency. It is argued that both international and national NGOs need to support social movements which are best able to express the demands of people at the grassroots.

Keywords

Civil society development evaluation government grassroots Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) organization organizations state

Authors and affiliations

  • Laura¬†Macdonald
    • 1
  1. 1.Carleton UniversityOttawaCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-349-25178-0
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1997
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Political & Intern. Studies Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-25180-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-349-25178-0
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