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ERIC Number: EJ841599
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 41
ISSN: ISSN-1523-1615
From NGOs to CSOs: Social Citizenship, Civil Society and "Education for All"--An Agenda for Further Research
Mundy, Karen
Current Issues in Comparative Education, v10 n1-2 p32-40 Fall 2007-Spr 2008
A decade ago, when "Current Issues in Comparative Education" ("CICE") published its first issue "Are NGOs Overrated?" both academic debates and development policy discussions were focused on the expanding role played by NGOs in the developing world. Today the language has changed--and so too, in some ways, has practice. In this article, the author looks at the new turn to "civil society" in development discourse. In particular, she answers the question: What does civil society have to do with the achievement of education for all--particularly in poor countries where universal access to basic education has not been achieved? First, she looks at how civil society engagement is being constructed in the official policy discourse of development aid organizations, raising questions about the narrowness and limitations of this conceptualization. She then argues for using a "social citizenship" lens when thinking about civil society and its role in the achievement of education for all. Throughout, she introduces examples from a recent study of civil society organizations (CSOs) and their interactions with internationally funded sector programs in education in four African countries: (1) Burkina Faso; (2) Mali; (3) Kenya; and (4) Tanzania. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Burkina Faso; Kenya; Mali; Tanzania