Enabling citizens to organise themselves

1 April 2007

These pages report on one organisation’s efforts to promote public action through community associations in Cape Verde’s capital city, Praia, and in villages nearby.

Like people elsewhere in Africa, Cape Verdeans have long relied on their own resources – labour, money, ingenuity and social bonds – to build their communities and their livelihoods. Unlike some political leaderships elsewhere in Africa, public authorities in independent Cape Verde have paid attention to citizens and their needs. Yet a challenge for Cape Verdeans remains: How can they catalyse more effective public action by the authorities, and among themselves? These pages report on one organisation’s efforts to promote public action through community associations in Cape Verde’s capital city, Praia, and in villages nearby.

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About the authors

David Sogge

Based in Amsterdam, David works as an independent researcher and writer. As an associate of the Norwegian think-tank NOREF, he currently focuses on public control over transnational flows affecting societies on the global periphery. Professional activities since 1970 provided a basis for books and articles on the politics of foreign aid, and on Africa, particularly Angola and South Africa. Evaluative research assignments have taken him to Vietnam, Eastern Europe and countries of the former Soviet Union. Trained at Harvard, David earned his graduate degrees from Princeton and the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague.

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