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Change and the State: an INGO perspective Duncan Green Oxfam July 2012.

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1 Change and the State: an INGO perspective Duncan Green Oxfam July 2012

2 What's needed: ActiveCitizens

3 EffectiveStates

4 INGO role depends on kind of state Stable –Middle Income v Low Income –Democratic institutions –Autocratic but Effective (eg rule of law) –Autocratic and nasty –Centralized v Decentralized Unstable (FRACAS) –Unable but willing –Vampire –Absent –Aid dependent v non aid-dependent

5 Working in Stable States Supporting civil society strengthening (Tanzania) Often engage at local/decentralized level Convening and Brokering (Tajikistan) Growth of advocacy work Use international networks to exert leverage (Cambodia) Even in stable states, conflict often part of change

6 Lessons from Success: Gaventa and McGee (2010) Windows of opportunity open and close Competition for political power essential counterparts to Civ Soc activism External pressure double-edged sword Deep social roots and time required (forget twitter) State insiders need civ soc outsiders and vice versa (and often same people) Cycles of nasty and nice (see Fox) How you win matters for long term

7 The conflict-cooperation cycle (Fox) Social Conflict Events and Moments Reforms run out of steam or new problems arise Reforms and Cooperation

8 What if States are hostile to Active Citizens?

9 A more recent example……. “If you get permission, you go and march. If you don’t – you have no right to. Go without permission, and you will be hit on the head with batons. That’s all there is to it.”

10 How do Autocratic States interact with citizens? Nation builders are often undemocratic, but autocrats often fail and societies may be becoming less tolerant of ‘benevolent dictators’ Are ‘democratic developmental states’ feasible in early stages of development (‘inclusive embeddedness’ Edigheji) Or is it only in later stages – Brazil? South Korea? Botswana?

11 My (tentative and uncomfortable) conclusion There are probably trade-offs in early stage development between achieving the kind of developmental state best suited to achieving fast economic take-off and the ‘democratic developmental state’ that can achieve wider development – freedoms ‘to do and to be’ But those trade-offs are likely to change over time, hopefully in a positive direction – growth and freedom will become more aligned

12 Working in FRACAS: Fragile and Conflict Affected States The ultimate tough nut to crack - hardest place to work, and the hardest place to recruit Increasing focus for aid over next 20 years –ODI Horizon 2025 paper reckons 460m/560m by 2025 –Others say more like 50%

13 Key Features of FRACAS More power in hands of multiple non- state actors (FBOs, private sector, trad authorities, Diasporas) Parallel systems v long term state building Pockets of functionality (education in DRC) Complex, emergent change constantly messes with your planning

14 Two examples of FRACAS programmes Territorial rights in Colombia –Indigenous and Afro-Colombians under threat from ‘armed actors’ and companies –Cautious trust-building via customary authorities began with trad programmes Safe age of marriage in Yemen –Shift away from gender rights discourse to health perspective –Respect institutions and language –Engage with mosques and imam training

15 Future Directions Focus on building legitimacy/trust/social contract between citizens and state (accountability comes later) Convening local to national conversations possible niche for Oxfam Riding complexity and political economy analysis in a ‘coalition of the unexpected’ Promote ‘community conversations’ Work with non state actors

16 The power and change cycle Power Analysis Change Hypothesis Implement and Evaluate Select Change Strategies

17 Thanks and please come and argue on the blog


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