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Uganda's Civil Society

History, Challenges, Prospects

edited by John De Coninck, Arthur Larok

Is the notion of 'civil society' helpful in understanding Uganda's history and in positing scenarios for the future? Has civil society made a mark over the years? What drives its development and how does it relate to the State? What values inform the sector, what are current challenges and how might these be addressed? The editors have brought together twenty articles, focused on Uganda's civil society, its history, characteristics, challenges and prospects: a first home for a range of thought-provoking views - whether previously published or not. The editors argue that, if civil society is to help citizens control their destinies, its leaders must spell out how they believe substantive change can happen, and relearn the value of solidarity and collective action, rather than get caught up in the cutthroat competition that celebrates brands and logos. The future of Uganda's civil society will indeed be shaped by its leaders: they must be at the forefront of driving reform to overcome the internal challenges the sector faces, mobilising collective thought, creative imagination and generating new knowledge.

ISBN 9789970196012 | 438 pages | 244 x 170mm | 2021 | Fountain Publishers, Uganda | Paperback



"This collection allows for reflection, comparison and envisioning. It is a critical resource for the vision of the future."

Josephine Ahikire, Makerere University, Kampala

"This volume makes an important contribution to a deeper understanding of Uganda's Civil Society."

Stephen Okello, Executive Director, National Bureau of NGOs

"We have in this book a compilation of articles that help us theorise our work, interrogate our values and the premise of the promises we make. And it helps us move forward with renewed commitment and passion for humanity."

Jacqueline Asiimwe, CEO, CivSource Africa

"As civil society leaders, we need to constantly query our sector's relevance and resilience. This book is an important resource to spark that discussion..."

Richard Ssewakiryanga, former Executive Director, Uganda National NGO Forum



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