Monday, February 9, 2009

Binyavanga Wainaina on "Civil Society"

"Who" and "what" civil society is in Kenya is a question that has been bothering me for a while now. I wanted to share Binyavanga Wainaina's take on this issue where he brings into play the "wananchi" institutions such as unions and associations and that rather dominating sphere of NGOs. Two questions stand out: why are such strong bodies like COTU so quiet in the current state of Kenya? And why are the "donors" more aligned to the "NGO" paradigm in civil society? (Thanks Kaasa for blogging this. Good discussion and comments HERE)

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