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Citizenship and the Politics of Civic Driven Change

January 1, 2012

Nation states are premised on the legitimizing presence of a polity comprised of citizens. The politics of this relationship is central to discourse on how societies evolve. Yet in the discipline of international development studies the topic remains peripheral. Reasons can be found in conceptual confusion, in selectivity in donor thinking and policies towards civil society and in the growth-driven political economy of NGO-ism. Remedies for the political lacunae are being sought through a concerted focus on people's rights, citizenship and qualities of leadership that all show valuable progress. This chapter will examine a comprehensive complement to such efforts referred to as civic driven change (CDC). Originating in a grounded empirical approach, the constituent principles and elements of CDC offer a lens that can both sharpen and deepen insights and advance analysis of civic agency in socio-political processes. As an ontologically grounded normative proposition, CDC allows exposure and examination of 'uncivil' forces stemming from contending claims on citizenship. These factors are typically ignored or denied in an historical harmony model of societal change. A CDC narrative is illustrated by reference to contemporary examples of citizen action that play out at multiple sites of governance.

Civic Driven Change: A Guide to the Basics

April 1, 2009

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Poor Philanthropist II: New approaches to sustainable development

January 1, 2009

The second title in the Poor Philanthropist Series, this monograph represents the culmination of a six-year journey; a journey characterised in the first three years by in-depth qualitative research which resulted in an understanding of philanthropic traditions among people who are poor in southern Africa and gave rise to new and innovative concepts which formed the focus of the research monograph The Poor Philanthropist: How and Why the Poor Help Each Other, published by the Southern Africa-United States Centre for Leadership and Public Values in 2005.

Of Butterfly Wings and Raised Fists: Connecting Complexity, Aided Development and Civic Agency

January 1, 2008

The central proposal that Fowler makes is that the thinking and practice of aided development would benefit from dedicated attention to a body of ideas that constitute a theory of complexity.

Conflict Transformation by Peaceful Means (the Transcend Method)

January 1, 2000

This is a manual on conflict transformation and the role different agancies and individuals can play in the same