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CSO s in sustainable development in Ethiopia: past practices and new trajectories

CSO s in sustainable development in Ethiopia: past practices and new trajectories
CSO s in sustainable development in Ethiopia: past practices and new trajectories
We researched how CSO s working in the area of sustainable development responded to regulatory restrictions on advocacy work using Ethiopia as a case study. We found that the restrictive laws had a severe impact: many CSO s had to shut down or limit their operational capacity to service delivery only. Those that survived continued to do advocacy work, disguised as service delivery. This shows that northern stakeholders should not adhere to a strict division between advocacy and service delivery in their funding policy. They also should focus on long-term CSO engagement and long-term CSO funding. In 2019, regulatory reform reopened political space to some extent. The new law envisions a greater role for self-regulation in the civil society sector while still maintaining some degree of State oversight through registration, reporting and funding allocation requirements. Despite these improvements, the sector is still in need of international support and consistent and reliable funding.
civil society; sustainable development; environmental law; human rights; Ethiopia
2210-9730
43
Townsend, Dina
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Broeckhoven, Nicky
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Gidey, Desta
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Tafere Reda, Kelemework
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University, Tilburg
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Townsend, Dina
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Broeckhoven, Nicky
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University, Tilburg
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Townsend, Dina, Broeckhoven, Nicky, Gidey, Desta, Tafere Reda, Kelemework and University, Tilburg (2020) CSO s in sustainable development in Ethiopia: past practices and new trajectories. African Journal of Legal Studies, 13 (1), 43. (doi:10.1163/17087384-12340063).

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Abstract

We researched how CSO s working in the area of sustainable development responded to regulatory restrictions on advocacy work using Ethiopia as a case study. We found that the restrictive laws had a severe impact: many CSO s had to shut down or limit their operational capacity to service delivery only. Those that survived continued to do advocacy work, disguised as service delivery. This shows that northern stakeholders should not adhere to a strict division between advocacy and service delivery in their funding policy. They also should focus on long-term CSO engagement and long-term CSO funding. In 2019, regulatory reform reopened political space to some extent. The new law envisions a greater role for self-regulation in the civil society sector while still maintaining some degree of State oversight through registration, reporting and funding allocation requirements. Despite these improvements, the sector is still in need of international support and consistent and reliable funding.

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Accepted/In Press date: 30 July 2020
Published date: 30 July 2020
Keywords: civil society; sustainable development; environmental law; human rights; Ethiopia

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Local EPrints ID: 467947
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/467947
ISSN: 2210-9730
PURE UUID: 38e1a00d-1caa-4f42-8ad4-3334a9cb0c61
ORCID for Dina Townsend: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-6531-8066

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Date deposited: 26 Jul 2022 16:46
Last modified: 08 Nov 2022 03:00

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Author: Dina Townsend ORCID iD
Author: Nicky Broeckhoven
Author: Desta Gidey
Author: Kelemework Tafere Reda
Author: Tilburg University

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