The Politics of Water in Africa: The European Union's Role by Christopher Rowan

By Christopher Rowan

The dilemmas of African improvement proceed to hang-out either African and western associations and governments. right here Christopher Rowan bargains an unique interpretation of the evolving thought of partnership because it operates in the present courting among the ecu Union and the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific crew. Framing his dialogue when it comes to the human correct to water, Rowan provides particular case reports of water relief from the ecu to Lesotho and Mozambique, and explores the persisting inequities within the discourse and strategies of improvement. With an in depth research of the interplay among non-governmental organisations, neighborhood elites, states and foreign actors, this booklet is a well timed and insightful addition to views on family members among the worldwide North and South.

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The Oxfam paper Mainstreaming Human Development: The Social Policy Fundamentals also supports participation, thus underlining that NGOs followed what was seen as alternative development policy and that, by their rise to prominence, they transformed alternative proposals into mainstream policy. Of relevance is an Oxfam GB Policy Paper September 2000, entitled The European Union: A potential global force for change. This paper states that the EU policy framework does not really help and that it reinforces inequality.

35 Stevens and Van Themaat note on page 11 that Lomé III ‘is clearly inadequate’, thus recognising the deterioration of the relationship from the earlier position of far greater respect and equality to the contemporary one (in 1985) where the EEC was beginning to more openly dominate the partnership. They note no real increase in the aid budget allocation from Lomé II to Lomé III and suggest ‘it is best to consider the two aid budgets to be of roughly similar size’36 and that FRIENDS OR FOES? 38 Thus again we are forced to note the superior position of the European Union and its adoption of a position from which it can withhold any future aid.

Adam Ferguson (1723–1816) is often regarded as one of the founding fathers of sociology. In An Essay on the History of Civil Society (1767), he articulates a liberal view of the integration of individuals, society, economy and social values into a coherent whole, but does not go as far as the neoliberal market economics dominant within the Washington Consensus that drives the domi- FRIENDS OR FOES? 41 nant approach to development. His views are therefore worth a brief examination as they contain much that is relevant to the EU and ACP relationship.

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