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Partnerships between foreign agencies and civil society organisations in Lesotho: A marriage of convenience

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dc.identifier.citation Johnson Lineo Rose (2016) Partnerships between Foreign Agencies and Civil Society Organisations in Lesotho: A Marriage of Convenience. Sociology and Anthropology pp. 473 - 481 DOI: 10.13189/sa.2016.040606 en
dc.identifier.issn 2331-6179
dc.identifier.issn 2331-6187 (online)
dc.description.abstract Lesotho is a country completely surrounded by South Africa. Since independence in 1966 the country attracted a lot of foreign aid interventions in most of its development programmes, including those channelled to civil society organisations. This research is a case study of one indigenous community-based organisation (CBO) in the northern part of the country. The aftermath of the massive Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) also created collaboration and partnerships with international donor organisations. This study investigated the impact of foreign aid interventions and donations to the country and the partnerships created with civil society organisations in Lesotho. The qualitative design through a case study approach to research identified an indigenous CBO, in the northern part of Lesotho within the vicinity of the LHWP to investigate foreign aid funding models and partnerships with civil society organisations. This is a study conducted over an extended period and its accounts give a series of interviews, focus group interviews, transect walks to some community development projects areas. The study used a qualitative inquiry where the Boseele CBO was used as a case study revealing its history with partnerships over 10 years of its existence. The results were analysed thematically, chronologically and narratively and the CBO’s successes with Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) funding reflected positive foreign aid contribution towards the work of civil society organisations and that of community development. However, setbacks and lack of continuity with some projects questioned some of the funding models of some foreign agencies. Foreign aid partnerships and success with Civil Society Organisations and in community development should not be a marriage of convenience, but culminate in a spirit of collaboration, human capital development and benefits of civil society and community ownership. While the study cannot make claims to provide solutions to the funding models and challenges in each, the purpose of this study was achieved because it identified and obstacles that civil society organisations face, while they strive to advance their social mandate of serving their communities with meagre resources at their disposal. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Horizon Research Publication Corporation en
dc.subject capacity building en
dc.subject foreign agencies en
dc.subject civil society organisations en
dc.subject Lesotho Highlands Water Project en
dc.subject partnerships en
dc.title Partnerships between foreign agencies and civil society organisations in Lesotho: A marriage of convenience en
dc.type Article en
dc.description.department ABET and Youth Development en

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