Silences in NGO Discourse

Tuesday, 1 April, 2008 - 19:36

Fahamu, 1 April 2008Silences in NGO Discourse: The Role and Future of NGOs in Africa, is a publication which contains two extensive essays in which a distinguished scholar, Issa G.

Fahamu, 1 April 2008

Silences in NGO Discourse: The Role and Future of NGOs in Africa, is a publication which contains two extensive essays in which a distinguished scholar, Issa G. Shivji, presents perspectives on the historical, political and philosophical contexts that govern the evolution and place of NGOs in Africa today.

Shivji argues the role of NGOs in Africa cannot be understood without clear characterisation of the current historical moment: that to ‘make poverty history’ one must first ‘understand the history of poverty’ and ‘make imperialism history’. He states that despite some good intentions, NGOs have uncritically situated themselves within neoliberal and donor-driven discourses.

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