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African NGOs: The New Compradors?

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Journal publication date11/2007
JournalDevelopment & Change
Journal number6
Volume38
Number of pages16
Pages1095-1110
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

In the course of the last twenty-five years, Africa has witnessed an astounding growth in the number and influence of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in general, and more recently of African NGOs in particular. Initially, the literature on this was dominated by the concerns of the policy-making and NGO communities, drawing on liberal pluralist theory. Lately, an independent, critical literature has developed based on substantial empirical research. Its findings make for uncomfortable reading. They document the essential lack of autonomy of local non-state actors and their very close relationship to Northern governments. This essay argues that the position of NGOs must be theorized within the wider context of the global political economy of the continent. With this in mind, it investigates the rationale for using a comprador perspective to understand the contemporary role of African NGOs.

Bibliographic note

RAE_import_type : Journal article RAE_uoa_type : Politics and International Studies