Service Provision Under Stress in East Africa: The State, NGOs & People's Organizations in Kenya, Tanzania & Uganda

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Joseph Semboja, Ole Therkildsen
Centre for Development Research, Jan 1, 1995 - Non-governmental organizations - 242 pages
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This text examines the state and voluntary organizations in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, at a time when privatization of services is part of structural adjustment programmes in most African countries. The contributors argue that market-oriented prescriptions pay little attention to three important features of service provision: One is that the provision of services for most of the population depends on collective action by the state, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and People's Organizations (POs). The second is that the links between the voluntary sector and the state are becoming more - not less - important for service provisions. The third feature of service provision is the growing importance of foreign aid. Not only is foreign assistance a major reason for the growth of the voluntary sector, but, it is suggested, aid has also made it possible for the state to maintain - and lately increase - its role in service provision. Uganda: Fountain Publishers; Kenya: EAEPBR>

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Joseph Semboja is Director of the Economics Research Bureau, University of Dar es Salaam.

Ole Therkildsen is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Development Research, Copenhagen.

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