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Civil Society Tag

Farai Chipato discusses the massive influx of donor money into Zimbabwe’s civil society in the 2000s which created ‘briefcase NGOs’, where opportunistic ‘entrepreneurs’ attempted to draw down funding for profit, and the expansion of existing NGOs, creating employment opportunities for a growing number of careerists. Before long, the NGO sector became one of the main sectors sustaining Zimbabwe’s urban middle class, which included both junior staff and a layer of management staff who accumulated significant amounts of wealth and property. Activists from the 1990s complain of this turn from activist to professional in civil society organisations, which meant that civil society is increasingly just another industry to make a career in....

Raymond Sango writes about the Chiadzwa mining area in Zimbabwe, describing the dramatic ‘diamond rush’ following the expiration of DeBeers mining licence in 2006, the massacre of informal workers in the area in 2008 and the ‘looting’ partnership between government bureaucrats, Chinese and other foreign companies which has limited the potential of diamond production to improve the lives of ordinary Zimbabweans...

In the afterword to the series Radical Agendas in South Africa, John Saul reflects on the essays that have appears over the last two months. In conclusion he asserts, as the contributors to this series have confirmed, the struggle continues in South Africa and that ROAPE (in both hard-copy and virtual format) must continue to report upon and bear witness to....

Poursuivant notre collaboration avec Afriques en Lutte, Bruno Jaffré écrit que le Burkina a voté pour d’anciens proches de Blaise Compaoré renversé pourtant à la suite d’une puissante insurrection populaire. Cela, Jaffré écrit, peut paraitre paradoxal mais ce résultat est pourtant logique en regard de la réalité de la situation politique du pays. ...