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Good intentions are not enough: French NGO efforts at democracy building in Cameroon

Cumming, Gordon David 2011. Good intentions are not enough: French NGO efforts at democracy building in Cameroon. Development in Practice 21 (2) , pp. 218-231. 10.1080/09614524.2011.543275

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Abstract

NGOs have traditionally had little scope to bring about political reform in developing countries. This was certainly true of French development NGOs (NGDOs) operating in Cameroon during the early post-colonial decades. This situation changed in 2002 when French NGDOs, with support from the French state and Cameroonian civil society, initiated a multi-actor consultative programme (the PCPA), aiming to build democracy in Cameroon. This article traces the origins of the PCPA, assesses its achievements, and explains why the programme failed. It then identifies key lessons and asks whether the PCPA represents a useful model for French NGOs and donor states.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Modern Languages
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DC France
D History General and Old World > DT Africa
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Uncontrolled Keywords: Aid, Civil society, Globalisation, Governance and public policy, Rights, Sub-Saharan Africa
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0961-4524
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 02:09
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/9923

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