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The Changing Dynamic of Cuban Civil Society$
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Alexander I. Gray and Antoni Kapcia

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780813031927

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813031927.001.0001

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The Genesis of NGO Participation in Contemporary Cuba

The Genesis of NGO Participation in Contemporary Cuba

Perceptions from the Field, as Reported by Local and Foreign NGO Representatives

(p.160) 7 The Genesis of NGO Participation in Contemporary Cuba
The Changing Dynamic of Cuban Civil Society


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This chapter examines the origins of non-governmental organizations (NGO) in Cuba. When international donor agencies and NGOs entered Cuba, they altered the make-up of civil society, and these interventions have brought about a social context wherein the revolutionary socialist view of civil society comes into close contact with a more Western conception. The chapter discusses the extent to which NGOs either conform to, or conflict with, the state's conception of civil society and analyzes the challenges that arise out of the differing and sometimes conflicting approaches to social development as espoused by the state and NGOs.

Keywords:   NGO, Cuba, civil society, donor agencies, revolutionary socialist, social development

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