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Title:Micro-assistance to democracy and sustainability: an empirical study of EU aid to post-apartheid South Africa
Author:Fioramonti, LorenzoISNI
Year:2008
Periodical:Politikon: South African Journal of Political Studies
Volume:35
Issue:3
Pages:321-338
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:democratization
civil society
development cooperation
European Union
community participation
financing
Link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/02589340903017957
Abstract:This article discusses the programme of assistance to community-based organizations carried out by the European Union in South Africa during the years 1996-2004. As part of what the author defines as 'micro-assistance to democracy', since it encourages democratic deepening from below, this programme addressed marginalized communities and mainly concentrated on the promotion of socioeconomic rights. By employing empirical data collected during a two-year survey (2003-2004), the article maintains that, although more specifically targeted than top-down instruments of democracy assistance, the EU-sponsored micro-assistance revealed serious weaknesses in terms of ensuring the financial sustainability of these organizations in the new democratic South Africa. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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