Title

Aid Reduction and Local Civil Society: Causes, Comparisons, and Consequences

Department

School of Conflict Management, Peacebuilding and Development

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

4-2018

Embargo Period

6-22-2018

Abstract

Questions about aid reduction and its implications are crucial to understanding the future of civil society in many low- and middle-income countries and in post-conflict states. Local civil society in these contexts is often heavily influenced by foreign donors. This article provides an introduction to this theme issue about aid reduction and local civil society. The objective of the introduction and issue articles is to examine the causes of aid reduction and donor withdrawal, the impacts on local civil society organizations (CSOs), and any resulting change in local civil society. We ask: What are the global trends in aid reduction? What impacts does aid reduction have on local CSOs? How do local CSOs respond and adapt? The contributions in this issue demonstrate that aid reduction is indeed global in scale and that impacts and adaptations are often strikingly similar across countries and regions. These similarities form the basis for building new theory but also prompt new questions about the global effects of aid on civil society.

Journal

Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations

Journal ISSN

0957-8765

Volume

29

Issue

2

First Page

245

Last Page

255

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

10.1007/s11266-017-9846-0

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