The NGO Factor in Africa: The Case of Arrested Development in Kenya

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August 2006



"The NGO Factor in Africa "breaks new ground in understanding the role of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in Africa. The book historicizes NGOs using the Rockefeller Foundation as a case study, looking at its tripartite paradoxical roles as an agent of colonialism, globalization and development/underdevelopment. It deploys interdisciplinary devices to show how the RF projects have engaged in marginalization, patronage and 'othering' of African values and customs and the ensuing controversies. Using globalization, postmodern and postcolonial theories the book deconstructs the long-held myths about NGO inviolability, and opens ground for understanding their strengths. It interrogates sites of contestation, apprehension and possibilities that the RF has produced. Using RF projects, it looks at structures of hegemony, race, power, class and gender that the RF has created. The book illustrates the extent to which the RF has been instrumental in spreading capitalism, imperialism in economic, political, cultural and social realms through globalization. It desists from the grand narrative approach that has dominated African history in the past but instead gives agency and voice to those that have previously been marginalized.


Table of Contents List of Tables Map of Kenya Preface/Foreword by Prof. Paul Tiyambe Zeleza Acknowledgments Introduction Chapter One: The Paradox of NGOs in Africa's Development: Unraveling their Inconsistency Chapter Two: NGOs, Capitalism and Globalization Chapter Three: The Genesis of NGOs: The Idea, the Movement and Implications for Kenya Chapter Four: The Colonial State and Development in Kenya: Background to the NGO Work in the Country Chapter Five: The Role of the Rockefeller Foundation (RF) in Medical Research and Health in Kenya Chapter Six: The Role of the Rockefeller Foundation (RF) in Agriculture and Education in Kenya Conclusion Endnotes Bibliography Index
EAN: 9780415979955
ISBN: 0415979951
Untertitel: 'African Studies: History, Poli'. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: August 2006
Seitenanzahl: 238 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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