Promoting sustainable development through civil society. A case study of the EU's NSA/LA thematic programme in Kyrgyzstan

Pierobon C (2019)
Development Policy Review 37(S2): 179-192.

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Abstract / Bemerkung
The article focuses on the contribution of the European Union (EU) in promoting sustainable development through the involvement of civil society in partner countries. More specifically, it analyses the main features and outcomes of the projects implemented by civil society organizations (CSOs) in Kyrgyzstan under the EU thematic programme Non‐State Actors and Local Authorities in Development (NSA/LA). Despite its importance – this is the only EU programme providing direct support to non‐state actors and local authorities engaged in poverty reduction – to date there has been very little research on the functioning of this instrument on the ground. The paper seeks to fill this gap in the literature, by examining the EU's contribution to sustainable development through a case study on Kyrgyzstan. The study is based on primary data: semi‐structured interviews conducted with the EU‐funded organizations implementing the NSA/LA programme. The NSA/LA projects were analysed by considering two major fields of engagement of non‐state actors in the development process: as service providers and as advocates (Banks and Hulme, 2012). Overall, the organizations awarded EU support were not only focused on fulfilling short‐term needs but also sought to introduce new ways of dealing with poverty and inequality, positioning themselves between the ‘Big‐D’ and the ‘little‐d’ approach to development (Bebbington et al., 2008). Nonetheless, the EU‐funded projects were too limited and fragmented to be able to sustain long‐term structural change. Therefore, the EU should place new emphasis on creating synergies between new and old structures at the grassroots level and establishing mechanisms and bodies that could merge and coordinate their efforts. In addition, the calls for proposals could highlight the need to share the lessons learnt by ‘obliging’ the beneficiaries to act as multipliers and to pass on their positive experience to neighbouring communities. Finally, the EU could stimulate the funded organizations to experiment with innovative mechanisms of involvement in the policy‐making process, by making this aspect a mandatory requirement of the projects implemented with its support.
Erscheinungsjahr
2019
Zeitschriftentitel
Development Policy Review
Band
37
Ausgabe
S2
Seite(n)
179-192
ISSN
0950-6764
Page URI
https://pub.uni-bielefeld.de/record/2934102

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Pierobon C. Promoting sustainable development through civil society. A case study of the EU's NSA/LA thematic programme in Kyrgyzstan. Development Policy Review. 2019;37(S2):179-192.
Pierobon, C. (2019). Promoting sustainable development through civil society. A case study of the EU's NSA/LA thematic programme in Kyrgyzstan. Development Policy Review, 37(S2), 179-192. doi:10.1111/dpr.12411
Pierobon, C. (2019). Promoting sustainable development through civil society. A case study of the EU's NSA/LA thematic programme in Kyrgyzstan. Development Policy Review 37, 179-192.
Pierobon, C., 2019. Promoting sustainable development through civil society. A case study of the EU's NSA/LA thematic programme in Kyrgyzstan. Development Policy Review, 37(S2), p 179-192.
C. Pierobon, “Promoting sustainable development through civil society. A case study of the EU's NSA/LA thematic programme in Kyrgyzstan”, Development Policy Review, vol. 37, 2019, pp. 179-192.
Pierobon, C.: Promoting sustainable development through civil society. A case study of the EU's NSA/LA thematic programme in Kyrgyzstan. Development Policy Review. 37, 179-192 (2019).
Pierobon, Chiara. “Promoting sustainable development through civil society. A case study of the EU's NSA/LA thematic programme in Kyrgyzstan”. Development Policy Review 37.S2 (2019): 179-192.