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CTA. 2003. Everyday politics. Spore 103. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Peasant organisations and the democratisation process in Africa By M B Romdhane & S Moyo, CODESRIA, 2002. 374 pp. ISBN 2869781113 GBP 20.95 Euro 31.35
A strongly developed civil society is nowadays regarded as essential in the democratisation process. The breadth and diversity of civil society allow only broad definitions, such as it represents the people and functions as the conscience of the government , holding it responsible for what it was elected to do. And where there is no choice to be made in government, social movements are vital in bringing about changes. Farmers organisations, which can represent the rural population, have a vital role to play here. That role, and how civil society has developed and how it functions vis-à-vis the State and democratisation, have not been extensively researched until now. This compilation of 13 papers from the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODES-RIA) presents research findings on rural peasant organisations in Cameroon, Cape Verde, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, Sudan, Tunisia and Zimbabwe. An interesting collection, it pulls together very diverse experiences of different kinds of organisations, including ones organised on the basis of age, or activists interests, or a common objective such as community development, welfare or mutual support. You realise that the question Just how representative are they? has many answers. Peasant organisations and the democratisation process in Africa By M B Romdhane & S Moyo, CODESRIA, 2002. 374 pp. ISBN 2869781113 GBP 20.95 Euro 31.35 CODESRIA PO Box 3304, Dakar, Senegal Fax: +221 8241289 Email: email@example.com Orders from outside Senegal: African Books Collective Ltd The Jam Factory, 27 Park End Street, Oxford, OX1 1HU, UK Fax: +44 1865 793298 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org