Funding Virtue: Civil Society Aid and Democracy Promotion

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About the Book

In recent years the United States and many other international donors have embraced civil society aid as a key tool of democracy promotion. They support thousands of NGOs around the world in the name of civil society development, investing in these organizations high hopes for fostering democratic participation and values.

Funding Virtue: Civil Society Aid and Democracy Promotion critically examines this burgeoning field. A diverse, distinguished collection of democracy experts and civil society practitioners from both donor and recipient countries analyze civil society aid in five regions, including country case studies of South Africa, the Philippines, Peru, Egypt, and Romania. The authors focus on crucial issues and dilemmas, such as the relationship between donor conceptions of civil society and local realities, the effects of civil society programs, and how aid can be improved. The book's broad geographic reach, practical focus, and analytic rigor make it an invaluable guide to this vital new area of international affairs.

Contributors include: Mustapha Kamel Al-Sayyid, Cairo University, Egypt; Carlos Basombrio, Instituto de Defensa Legal, Peru; Imco Brouwer, European University Institute; Thomas Carothers, Carnegie Endowment; Stephen Golub, Open Society Institute Fellow; Chris Landsberg, Centre for Policy Studies, South Africa; Marina Ottaway, Carnegie Endowment; Dan Petrescu, World Bank, Romania; Kevin Quigley, Global Alliance, International Youth Foundation; Mary Racelis, University of the Philippines; Michael Shifter, Inter-American Dialogue.

Marina Ottaway, co-editor, is senior associate and co-director of the Democracy and Rule of Law Project of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. A leading scholar of African politics, she has written extensively on political change and international aid in developing countries, including her most recent book, Africa's New Leaders: Democracy or State Reconstruction? (Carnegie Endowment, 1999).

Thomas Carothers, co-editor, is vice president for studies and co-director of the Democracy and Rule of Law Project of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. A widely-cited specialist in democracy promotion, he has published several books on democracy aid, including Aiding Democracy Abroad: The Learning Curve (Carnegie Endowment, 1999).

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780870031786
  • Publisher: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
  • Publication date: 10/28/2000
  • Pages: 340
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Marina Ottaway is director of the Carnegie Middle East program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Thomas Carothers is vice president for international politics and governance at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and founder and director of the Endowment's Democracy and Rule of Law Project.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Burgeoning World of Civil Society Aid 3
1 Weak Democracy and Civil Society Promotion: The Cases of Egypt and Palestine 21
2 A Clash of Values: U.S. Civil Society Aid and Islam in Egypt 49
3 Social Movements, Professionalization of Reform, and Democracy in Africa 77
4 Voicing the Voiceless: Foreign Political Aid to Civil Society in South Africa 105
5 Democracy as Development: A Case for Civil Society Assistance in Asia 135
6 New Visions and Strong Actions: Civil Society in the Philippines 159
7 Lofty Goals, Modest Results: Assisting Civil Society in Eastern Europe 191
8 Civil Society in Romania: From Donor Supply to Citizen Demand 217
9 Latin American Democratization: The Civil Society Puzzle 243
10 Civil Society Aid in Peru: Reflections from Experience 269
11 Toward Civil Society Realism 293
Bibliography 311
Index 321
Contributors 337
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace 340
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