THE FINANCING GAP, CIVIL SOCIETY, AND SERVICE DELIVERY IN NIGERIA

Oshewolo, Segun and Oniemola, Roseline Morenike (2011) THE FINANCING GAP, CIVIL SOCIETY, AND SERVICE DELIVERY IN NIGERIA. Journal of Sustainable Development in Africa, 13 (2). pp. 254-268. ISSN 520-5509

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Abstract

From the Washington Consensus through the Copenhagen Declaration to the Millennium Development Goals, the story has been that of a remarkable shift from practices that constrain service delivery and aggravate poverty to practices that aid welfare provision and social development. A major attribute of the new arrangement is the recognition of national governments as principal actors in service delivery. However, the contraction of the fiscal space, especially in the developing world where Nigeria belongs, has left several governments incapacitated. To bridge the resultant financing gap, the new order encourages official development assistance which represents a ‘philanthropical compact’ between Northern donors and the poor countries of the developing world. Observably, civil society organizations appear to attract donors’ attention more than national governments; a condition that catalyses civil society’s engagement in service delivery. Against this background, the study critically examines the impact of the financing gap thesis on the involvement of civil society organizations in service delivery and how Nigeria’s civil society has fared in generating and utilizing aid to promote service delivery.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Civil Society; Financing Gap; Service Delivery; Development; Nigeria; Africa
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: SEGUN OSHEWOLO
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2016 11:15
Last Modified: 26 Feb 2016 11:15
URI: http://eprints.lmu.edu.ng/id/eprint/254

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