© 1998

The Elusive Promise of NGOs in Africa

Lessons from Uganda


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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Susan Dicklitch
    Pages 1-30
  3. Susan Dicklitch
    Pages 31-55
  4. Susan Dicklitch
    Pages 56-97
  5. Susan Dicklitch
    Pages 98-122
  6. Susan Dicklitch
    Pages 123-168
  7. Susan Dicklitch
    Pages 169-176
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 177-294

About this book


Dicklitch challenges the dominant discourse of neo-liberalism which places NGOs and civil society at the forefront of democratization and development in Africa. Based on nine months of field research in Uganda, the study draws on evidence from the 'successfully' liberalizing country and shows how NGO potential for democratization and development has been subverted by state directives, structural and historical conditions, as well as the internal limitations of NGOs.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Franklin and Marshall CollegeLancasterUSA

About the authors

SUSAN DICKLITCH is Assistant Professor at Franklin and Marshall College. She was previously Research Assistant Professor at the University of South Carolina (1994-97). She has a PhD from the University of Toronto (1995). She was Assistant Editor of the African Studies Review (1994-97).

Bibliographic information


'A lucid and well-researched critique of the popular notion that NGOs, as constituent elements of a revitalized `civil society', represent a potent force for empowerment and democracy in Africa. Susan Dicktlich succumbs neither to a romanticization of civil society not to despair in their incisive evaluation.' - Professor Richard Sandbrook