The Failures of Success: NGOs and the Decreasing Support for Civil Society in Namibia

Sabine Hoehn

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The article focuses on the narratives and practices of a shrinking NGO sector
in Namibia. It argues that looking at NGOs decline instead of their rise can
yield valuable new insights for the study of non-governmental organizations. It
shows the ways in which decline in funding had an impact on the NGOs’
relations with the state and international donors and how such decline
affected the organisations’ internal practices. The main aim of the paper is to
contribute to the growing ethnographic literature on NGOs in Africa by
highlighting the role of outside factors, above all a changing perception of the
Namibian state as democratically consolidated, in determining the relations
between NGOs, the state and donors and re-shaping NGOs’ everyday
practices.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages22
JournalPolitical Perspectives
Volume2
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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