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Capacity Development in Conflict Scenarios: Assessing Donor Support Strategies to Local NGOs in Burundi

Basita, Germaine (2010) Capacity Development in Conflict Scenarios: Assessing Donor Support Strategies to Local NGOs in Burundi. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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NGOs have come to occupy center stage in emergency relief and development work in the past twenty years. This study looks at the efforts made by international actors-both official donors and international NGOs- in developing the capacities of local organizations in Burundi during the decade of civil strife since 1993. While the needs of democratization set the agenda for most peace building programs, the priorities of donors in conflict afflicted countries may not always lead to financial commitments, nor match the needs of emerging civil society organizations. Using field interviews and document analysis, this study analyzes the development and the challenges of civil organizations in Burundi, which are marked by the political developments distinctive to the country. Donor programs, including work in critical peacebuilding sectors of media, human rights, gender and basic education are examined in detail, and aid donors are shown to have had particular difficulty encouraging the organizational autonomy that is required for Burundian civil society organizations to become effective civic and political actors.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Basita, Germainegeb32@pitt.eduGEB32
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairNelson, Paul Jpjnelson@pitt.eduPJNELSON
Committee MemberQuinn,
Committee MemberPicard, Louis Apicard@pitt.eduPICARD
Committee MemberCoontz, Phyllispcoontz@pitt.eduPCOONTZ
Date: 29 June 2010
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 22 March 2010
Approval Date: 29 June 2010
Submission Date: 20 May 2010
Access Restriction: 5 year -- Restrict access to University of Pittsburgh for a period of 5 years.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Graduate School of Public and International Affairs > Public and International Affairs
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Local Capacity Building
Other ID:, etd-05202010-105238
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:45
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:43


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