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FY 2007/2008 Research Topic: 4-13
Community Based Organizations and Civil Society in Rural Africa


After the 1980s, the role of governments has been curtailed in African countries. However, the vacuum following the retreat of governments has not been sufficiently filled in the fields of infrastructure, regulation and social welfare. Therefore, international aid agencies have begun to discuss the importance of “civil society building” as a complement of government as well as a key actor of democratization.

There is a lot of debate about the application of the concept of civil society to the African context because the concept is derived from Western culture. This research project aims to analyze the reality and possibility of African civil society. We will examine how and what kinds of organization are working in rural societies in African countries.


April 2007 - March 2009


Members of the Research Project

TAKANE Tsutomu
UEDA Gen (Associate Professor, Tohoku University)
SUGIMURA Kazuhiko (Professor, Center for Arts and Sciences, Fukui Prefectural University)
OYAMA Shuichi (Instructor, Department of Geography, Tokyo Metropolitan University)
MATSUMURA Keiichiro (Instructor, Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies, Kyoto University)