Silences in NGO Discourse

Silences in NGO Discourse

The role and future of NGOs in Africa


Issa Shivji has long been one of the most articulate critics of the destructive effects of neoliberal policies in Africa, and in particular of the ways in which they have eroded the gains of independence.

In two extensive essays in this book, he shows that the role of NGOs in Africa cannot be understood without placing them in their political and historical context. Aid, in which NGOs play a significant role, is frequently portrayed as a form of altruism, a charitable act that enables the wealthy to help the poor. As structural adjustment programmes were imposed across Africa in the 1980s and 1990s, the international financial institutions and development agencies began giving money to NGOs for programmes to minimise the more glaring inequalities perpetuated by their policies. As a result, NGOs have flourished – and played an unwitting role in consolidating the neoliberal hegemony in Africa.

If social policy is to be determined by citizens rather than the donors, argues Shivji, African NGOs must become catalysts for change rather than the catechists of aid that they are today.

Issa Shivji is one of Africa's most radical and original thinkers and has written frequently for Fahamu's Pambazuka News. He is the author of 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).

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Title Silences in NGO Discourse
Subtitle The role and future of NGOs in Africa
Edition First Edition
Foreword by Firoze Manji
Publisher Pambazuka Press
Imprint Fahamu Books
BISAC Subject Heading POL045000 POLITICAL SCIENCE / Colonialism & Post-Colonialism
POL041000 POLITICAL SCIENCE / NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations)
SOC042000 SOCIAL SCIENCE / Developing Countries
BIC Subject Heading GTF Development studies
HBJH African history
Audience 01 General / trade
06 Professional and scholarly
Audience Activists, campaigners, NGO-workers, academics, journalists, commentators
Credit Fahamu Ltd
Title First Published 30 June 2007
Subject Scheme Identifier Code      93 Thema subject category: NHH      93 Thema subject category: GTP
Format Paperback
Nb of pages XIV - 84 p.
ISBN-10 0-9545637-5-1
ISBN-13 978-0-9545637-5-2
GTIN13 (EAN13) 9780954563752
Related Formats Electronic version available as GTIN-13 - (EAN 13) 9780954563790
Publication Date 30 June 2007
Main content page count 84
Front matter page count (Roman) 14
Dimensions 20.3 x 12.7 x 0.4 cm
Weight 146 gr
List Price £7.95
Format PDF
Nb of pages
Product Detail PDF
ISBN-10 0-9545637-9-4
ISBN-13 978-0-9545637-9-0
GTIN13 (EAN13) 9780954563790
Related Formats Epublication based on (print product) GTIN-13 - (EAN 13) 9780954563752
Publication Date 01 July 2007
Format Multi-item Pack
Nb of pages
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Weight 146 gr
List Price £14.90

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