Silences In Ngo Discourse

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Issa G. Shivji is one of Africa's most radical and original thinkers. He has written several books, including the seminal Concept of Human Rights in Africa (1989), and, more recently, Let the People Speak: Tanzania down the road to neoliberalism (2006).

In two extensive essays, the distinguished scholar presents perspectives on the historical, political and philosophical contexts that govern the evolution and place of NGOs in Africa today. He argues the role of NGOs in Africa ...

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Silences in Ngo Discourse: The Role and Future of Ngos in Africa

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Overview

Issa G. Shivji is one of Africa's most radical and original thinkers. He has written several books, including the seminal Concept of Human Rights in Africa (1989), and, more recently, Let the People Speak: Tanzania down the road to neoliberalism (2006).

In two extensive essays, the distinguished scholar presents perspectives on the historical, political and philosophical contexts that govern the evolution and place of NGOs in Africa today. He argues the role of NGOs in Africa cannot be understood without clear characterisation of the current historical moment: that to 'make poverty history' we must first 'understand the history of poverty' and 'make imperialism history'. Shivji argues that despite some good intentions, NGOs have uncritically situated themselves within neoliberal and donor-driven discourses.

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"The two brief essays that comprise this booklet are exemplary, both originally presented to gatherings of NGO (Non-Governmental Organizations) representatives in the author's native Tanzania. Together, they offer a coolly principled and empirically well-grounded 'wake-up call' to both countries of the global South and, especially, to activists in the NGO sector, both transnational (those coming principally from 'Northern' countries in the global capitalist center) and domestic (the focus of Shivji's greatest interest). Whether, given the nature of their present funding sources and the barren 'common-sense' of the contemporary 'development discourse' of global capital that too many of them have swallowed, the NGOs will permit themselves to so act is the question that Shivji eloquently forces them to ask themselves here."  —John S. Saul, professor emeritus of politics, York University, Toronto
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780954563752
  • Publisher: Fahamu
  • Publication date: 7/1/2007
  • Pages: 84
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.17 (d)

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Issa G. Shivji is a former professor of law and is currently the Mwalimu Nyerere Research Chair in Pan-African studies at the University of Dar es Salaam. He is the author of Concept of Human Rights in Africa and Let the People Speak: Tanzanie Down the Road to Neoliberalism.

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