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  • Development, the state and civil society in South Africa 3/e
  • Davids, I, Theron F, Maphunye KJ
  • ISBN: 9780627031793
  • eISBN: 9780627032875
  • ePub ISBN: N/A
  • 260 Pages | Published: 2014

Numerous opportunities have come and gone over the past 20 years of democracy in South Africa for the State to engage with Civil Soci-ety and bring development closer to its intended beneficiaries. Civil Society, through its advocacy initiatives, has secured for itself a great-er voice and choice in development, and every role player therein should continuously endeavour to make a difference by participating actively and meaningfully in development. Authentic, sustainable grassroots transformation and development, however, is not possible without public participation, social learning, self-reliance and empowerment.

Development, the State and Civil Society in South Africa addresses the practical reality of the development consultant, government and public sector change agent, politician and policy maker. Departing from a humanist and people-centred perspective, it captures the fun-damentals upon which most development theory, policy, programmes/projects and practices are based, namely cooperation, participatory planning and public participation.

The book follows a holistic, multidisciplinary approach to assessing development management principles and strategies. Important chal-lenges in development management and related practice and policy interventions are also functionally integrated.

Contents include the following:

  • Development theories, management and the democratic developmental State
  • Promoting people-centred development and good governance
  • The role of developmental non-governmental organisations
  • The private sector and social responsibility
  • The role of trade unions and international development agencies
  • Micro-level development and public participation
  • Integrated Development Planning (IDP)
  • Social development research

Chapter review questions test knowledge and understanding of issues discussed, and encourage critical examination from different per-spectives. The final chapter provides guidelines for writing scientific documents and using basic social research methodology ? essential skills for all researchers and practitioners in development management. 

Chapter 1 Development theories: past to present
Chapter 2 Development management and the democratic developmental State
Chapter 3 Poverty in South Africa: a development management perspective

Chapter 4 The public sector: promoting people-centred development and good governance
Chapter 5 The role of developmental non-governmental organisations in South Africa
Chapter 6 The private sector and development: towards social responsibility
Chapter 7 The role of trade unions in advancing social development in South Africa
Chapter 8 International development agencies: the impact of globalisation on development in South Africa

Chapter 9 Micro-level development and public value: an introduction to concepts and principles
Chapter 10 Public participation as a micro-level development strategy: the principles and context for authentic and empowering development
Chapter 11 Integrated Development Planning: an opportunity or challenge for participatory democracy in Developmental Local Government?

Chapter 12 Appropriate social development research: an introduction to selected issues
Chapter 13 Scientific writing skills and social research methodology: an introduction to basic techniques

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