The linking of aid to political reform in the 1990s introduced not only a new and very broad agenda, but also a problematic one. It is recalled that commentators in this field drew attention both to the contested nature of the main concepts and to how they are subject to varying interpretations. In three main sections, this chapter addresses the questions raised in those discussions of definitional clarity and conceptual coherence. First, donor definitions of the key concepts of human rights, democracy and good governance are explored and compared. Second, the question of strategy is examined, examining the means by which policy is translated into practice.
KeywordsCivil Society Public Administration Good Governance Strategy Document Civic Organisation
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