The Genesis of NGO Participation in Contemporary Cuba


in The Changing Dynamic of Cuban Civil Society

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780813031927
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038513 | DOI:
The Genesis of NGO Participation in Contemporary Cuba

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This chapter examines the origins of non-governmental organizations (NGO) in Cuba. When international donor agencies and NGOs entered Cuba, they altered the make-up of civil society, and these interventions have brought about a social context wherein the revolutionary socialist view of civil society comes into close contact with a more Western conception. The chapter discusses the extent to which NGOs either conform to, or conflict with, the state's conception of civil society and analyzes the challenges that arise out of the differing and sometimes conflicting approaches to social development as espoused by the state and NGOs.

Keywords: NGO; Cuba; civil society; donor agencies; revolutionary socialist; social development

Chapter.  9949 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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