Nongovernments: NGOs and the Political Development of the Third World

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5
Subnational Governments and NGOs

▪ One of the interesting things about officials and representatives [of Egyptian] municipal councils. . . is their egalitarian attitude and keen; awareness of the need to ameliorate the conditions of the village poor.

-- Iliya Harik ( 1984, 81)

▪ The national state [in Latin America] is too preoccupied with managing the debt situation, battling inflation and promoting a few superinvestments with international agencies to attend closely to the details of daily life in the thousands of barrios throughout the country. I believe this is the main reason for renewed interest in local government.

-- John Friedmann ( 1989, 14)

▪ All the cases deepen my conviction that the major issues of governance and citizenship will be resolved in the coming years at the municipal level. . . . I would argue that collaboration between local governments and NGOs has contributed substantially to expanding citizenship for the excluded.

-- Charles Reilly ( 1995c, 247, 266-7)

▪ There are certain things I would not do if I were to start again. One of them is the abolition of local government and the other is the disbanding of local cooperatives. We were impatient and ignorant.

-- Julius Nyerere

THE THEORETICAL FOCUS of this discussion on subnational governments and NGOs is decentralization, explored from both the governmental and the nongovernmental perspectives. Although most scholars who discuss decentralization are genuinely interested in enhancing responsiveness and accountability to the local level and are not necessarily sympathetic to existing regimes, their discussions assume, almost

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Foreword vii
  • Preface xi
  • 1 - Ngos, Civil Society, and Political Development 1
  • Notes 32
  • 2 - Government Policies Toward Ngos: Political Context and the Growth of Civil Society 39
  • Notes 69
  • 3 the Impact of NGOs on Governments: the Role of NGO Autonomy 75
  • Notes 99
  • 4 - Promoting Democratization and Sustainable Development 105
  • Notes 132
  • 5 - Subnational Governments and Ngos 135
  • Notes 155
  • 6 - Civil Society, Democracy, and Political Development 159
  • Notes 187
  • Glossary 191
  • References 193
  • Index 227
  • About the Author 237
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