The Politics of Civil Society Assistance in the Western Balkans

Ostojic, Mladen. 2015. The Politics of Civil Society Assistance in the Western Balkans. N.E.C Yearbook 2013-2014, pp. 389-416. ISSN 1584‑0298 [Article]

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This paper discusses the nature and purpose of foreign assistance in the Western Balkans through an examination of donor strategies and practices for supporting civil society. It draws on a series of interviews with donor representatives across the region to challenge the current conceptualisations of foreign assistance as a tool for promoting democracy and building good governance. I argue that donor intervention in the region should be understood as a short-term support to the region’s integration in the EU, rather than a long-term developmental project. As a result, donor practices have contributed to the emergence of a project-based, donor-driven NGO scene that is detached from the local communities.

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