n African Security Review - Buying in without selling out : NEPAD and civil society in South Africa : Africa watch

Volume 13, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1024-6029
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Extracted from text ... Introduction The New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) is widely regarded in South Africa as the signature tune of Thabo Mbeki's presidency. As such, it has been criticised and lauded from various quarters of civil society. But it has seldom been interrogated outside of the overheated context of national politics. This paper argues that NEPAD offers, if nothing else, at least the opportunity for South African civil society organisations to collaborate with like-minded groups across borders in Africa, thereby increasing their political leverage as a democratic counterweight to African governments. It is this process - rather than uncritical selling ..

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