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Title:Interfacing the State and the voluntary sector for African development: lessons from Kenya
Author:Wanyama, Fredrick O.
Periodical:Africa Development: A Quarterly Journal of CODESRIA (ISSN 0850-3907)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Kenya
Subjects:community development
State-society relationship
Economics, Commerce
economic development
Community organization
Abstract:This paper examines the possibility of forging a complementary role between the State and the voluntary sector as an alternative framework for enhancing African development, given that none of these actors have proved effective on their own. Using a study of community-based organizations (CBOs) - as a component part of the voluntary sector - carried out in 2001-2002 in western Kenya, the paper argues that though these organizations have been instrumental in providing services that the State has been unable to provide, their effectiveness has been impeded by some deficiencies. It points out that such deficiencies in CBOs should form the basis for bringing back the State in the development process and have it forge synergies with these organizations rather than coopting them into its machinery, as has been the case in the past. Bibliogr., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]