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Dilemmas in sustainable development and civil society in Bangladesh and Zambia

Adjust, resist or disband? Dilemmas in sustainable development and civil society in Bangladesh and Zambia

Since the end of the Cold War, donor countries have channelled large amounts of foreign aid through CSOs, both to build up civil society in developing countries and because of disillusionment with aid-receiving governments. Currently, there are increased measures for CSOs in aid-receiving countries, restricting flows of foreign-sourced funds to locally-operating CSOs. This is also the case in Bangladesh and Zambia, where the research for this project is taking place. Both countries are among the top global receivers of development aid, with considerable amounts being channelled through CSOs, but with increased conditions being applied.

The research project ‘Dilemmas in sustainable development and CSOs in Bangladesh and Zambia’ studies local CSOs in Bangladesh and Zambia, as well as European CSOs working with or funding these CSOs. In these countries, legal and extra-legal measures have evolved that could affect the operations of CSOs in various ways. The project investigates how CSOs have evolved in this context and looks at the implications for policies aimed at promoting inclusive and sustainable development.

The project will perform an in-depth case study of four local CSOs in each countries and at the same time look at European CSOs that have activities in Zambia and Bangladesh. The research is being conducted through semi-structured interviews, publicly-available policy documents, internal documents of representatives, participatory observation and process-tracing.

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  • Aureolin Research Consultancy and Expertise Development Foundation
  • Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)
  • Southern African Institute for Policy and Research

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