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University of Khartoum (2008)

Triangle of Network and Influence : Indigenous NGOs, Civil Society and the State as Strategic Development Actors in Sudan : 1983 – 2003

Abu Sin, Ahmed M. Malik

Titre : Triangle of Network and Influence : Indigenous NGOs, Civil Society and the State as Strategic Development Actors in Sudan : 1983 – 2003

Auteur : Abu Sin, Ahmed M. Malik

Université de soutenance : University of Khartoum

Grade : Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) 2008

Résumé
Sudan witnessed a surge in the growth of NGOs and civil society organizations during the period of 1983 and 2003. A number of factors were behind the growth and expanding role of NGOs and civil society into development. This thesis explores the inter link between Indigenous NGOs, Civil Society and the State as strategic development actors in Sudan. It is also about how poor people use, own social capital to link with other influential actors from within NGOs and civil society to exert pressure and influence main stream policies affecting them. The study takes a holistic approach to address challenges of poverty and development, arguing that NGOs and people social capital are keys to people-centered development. In the course of collecting research material, the thesis adopted participatory research methods, using field survey where stakeholders played a role in data collection, a questionnaire covering a sample of projects and interventions by NGOs and civil society organizations, and unpublished reports. In addition, secondary sources also provided rich information of the policy objective and performance of NGOs, civil society and the state in delivering developmental goods. Following the analysis of the research material, the candidate arrived at a number of findings, the important one of which confirms the significance of NGOs and civil society as vehicles for political development and promotion of participatory governance and development. It is found out that people could influence mainstream politics and policies only if they opted for investing in social capital and XIV connectedness with other viable actors in alliances, networks of influence and engage with state and governance institutions at all levels. Empirical findings confirm that the state can no longer ignore NGOs and civil society role in development, hence the thesis recommended enabling policy environment to energize already existing triangle of network and influence, and to tap on the joint resources of the tripartite partners in pursuit of development.

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