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Civil society in the EU-Development Cooperation : A theoretical concept and its practical implication in Rwanda : an illustrative case study

Kuckartz, M.C. (2013) Civil society in the EU-Development Cooperation : A theoretical concept and its practical implication in Rwanda : an illustrative case study.

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Abstract:The term civil society has long entered the discourse of development cooperation and is hereby often seen as a guarentee to achieve democracy and justice. This thesis analyzed how the theoretical concept, which has its roots in the western philosophy, is incorporated in the European Union’s development policies and where it experiences difficulties in adaption to non-western contexts. A theoretical framework of viewing civil society from a threefold perspective, will not only help to classifiy scientific definitions of the terms but also to systematize the definitions provided by the European Union. It will guide the whole thesis in structuring the different views and the criticism made on the use of civil society in development cooperation along those lines. In its empirical part, the work will focus on the case of Rwanda, a post-conflict, developing country, and will analyze how the country’s civil society can be viewed and how the EU is cooperating with it through its mechanisms at hand. This will allow in the end to answer the research question how the EU uses the concept of civil society in its development cooperation and how successful the concept can be in a country like Rwanda.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:European Studies BSc (56627)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/63299
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