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Title:Making an impact from the margins? Civil society groups in Zimbabwe's interim power-sharing process
Author:Aeby, Michael
Year:2016
Periodical:Journal of Modern African Studies (ISSN 1469-7777)
Volume:54
Issue:4
Pages:703-728
Language:English
Geographic term:Zimbabwe
Subjects:civil society
political participation
power-sharing
Link:https://doi.org/10.1017/S0022278X16000616
Abstract:This paper examines the role of civil society organisations (CSOs) in Zimbabwe's interim power-sharing process. It identifies CSOs' organisational capacity, nature of engagement in the political process and relations with the power-sharing parties as the principal issues affecting CSOs' ability to promote peace-making and democratisation in the context of a transitional executive power-sharing process. Based on these analytical themes, the case analysis argues that CSOs' sway on the transition was particularly constrained by organisational fragmentation and disunity, divergent strategies vis--vis the interregnum, diminishing access to political elites, the latter's refusal to permit greater civic involvement, and continued repression. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]