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Civil society in the era of good governance dispensation: Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and the politics of engaging Government in Tanzania

Mushi, Andrew A. (2011)
Ph.D. thesis, University of Birmingham.

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The thesis set out to investigate the politics of Non-Governmental Organisation (NGOs) engaging the Government in Tanzania. The aim of the study is to get an understanding of the context, ways and means in which NGOs in Tanzania engage (with) the government to influence its policies and decisions. The thesis also analyses the implications and role of NGOs in bringing about social change in Tanzania. The thesis shows the relationship of subordination that is constituted through the operation of NGOs within the social, economic and political institutions of Tanzanian civil society. It offers an insight into the neo-liberal views that informs the distribution of aid to developing nations, and the affect this has had on state-civil society relationships within the Tanzanian nation state.
Theoretically, the thesis uses Gramsci’s notion of hegemony which applies both at national level and international level. The counter hegemony which Gramsci expounds in terms of war of manoeuvre and war of position has been highlighted in relations to works of NGOs and civil society development.
The thesis examines the engagement of Tanzanian NGOs to influence the process of NGO Policy and Act making; and monitoring the poverty strategies through the Campaign Against Poverty-Tanzania (GCAP-T).
The thesis posit the future of NGOs on how they could side and work with people to create a society based on people needs, vision and aspiration.

Type of Work:Ph.D. thesis.
Supervisor(s):Mac an Ghaill, Mairtin and Nafafe, Jose Lingna
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Social Sciences
Department:School of Society and Governance, Department of Sociology
Keywords:civil society activism advocacy engagement hegemony NGOs development policy laws Tanzania
Subjects:HM Sociology
JA Political science (General)
JF Political institutions (General)
Institution:University of Birmingham
ID Code:2964
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