Civil society

posted by julia on 2005/12/15 21:21

[ Civil society ]

Besides following what is happening in the Western Balkans on the political-economic level, I try to keep an eye on a subject I am particularly interested in: the development of local civil society. Recently, in the discussion following his opening speech of the OSCE conference "Dayton - Ten Years After: Conflict resolution and co-operation perspectives", Paddy Ashdown regreted that "while the international community is there [in Bosnia-Herzegovina], civil society has no room to grow".

This is also what he said in an interview with the Guardian:

The greatest failure, is that although we have created institutions, we have not created a civil society. (The Guardian, 2.11.2005)

This confirms very much the results of my research on the interaction between NGOs and the Provisional Institutions for Self-Government in Kosovo. I am currently preparing an article for publication, and will keep you up to date of my findings...


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