Snakes in Paradise NGOs and the Aid Industry in Africa

ISBN-10: 156549301X

ISBN-13: 9781565493018

Edition: 2009

Authors: Hans Holm�n

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Beginning in the 1980s, sub-Saharan Africa witnessed a veritable explosion of NGOs and CSOs engaged in efforts to develop the subcontinent. Often praised for their commitment, flexibility, close contact with grassroots movements and marginalized groups, these organizations have become the darlings of donors and the UN system. During the same period, however, rural Africa has sunk deeper into poverty. The massive NGO engagement appears not to have made any meaningful progress. "Snakes in Paradise" discovers why.
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List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Lynne Rienner Publishers
Publication date: 12/1/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Hans Holm�n is an Associate Professor in Social and Economic Geography at the department of Water and Environmental Studies, University of Link�ping, Sweden. He received his PhD at Lund University in 1991 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1996. He joined Link�ping University in 1997, where he teaches geography and development studies. Holm�n has been a member and board member of various NGOs in Sweden ndash; trade union, student union, consumer and housing cooperatives. He worked for a northern NGO in Jordan in the early 1980s and has conducted research on organizations and development since the 1980s. Since 2001, he has been a member of the African-Swedish research team Afrint, which combines micro- and macro-level studies to identify drivers of change in African agriculture ultimately aiming at enhanced agricultural productivity and improved food security in sub-Saharan Africa.

Abbreviations and Acronyms
Development and Peasants' Associations in Sub-Saharan Africa
An African Dilemma
Organizations and Development
Organization Building from Below-When, Where, and Why?
The Eastern and Southern African Experience
The ESA Experience-Part 1
The World They're In
Public Decentralization, Development, and Collective Action
The ESA Experience-Part 2
NGOs and Peasants' Associations in ESA
Preliminary Assessment
The West African Experience
Decentralization and Organizations in West Africa
Burkina Faso
Cote d'Ivoire
Farmers' Associations in West Africa
Cooperatives, Producers' Organizations, and Farmers' Associations
Regional Cooperation
Interpreting the West African Experience
Success Stories
Why the Successes?
Possible Success Stories
Geography and Associations
What's So Fascinating about Community?
Summing Up
Are West African Associations Leading the Way?
Another World Is Possible
Another World Is Possible
Development Trends and Potentials among African Rural Organizations
Implications for Donors
Reference List
About the Author
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