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The Arab Spring, Ukraine crisis and prospects for civil society in Eastern Europe

When the dramatic events in Egypt began in 2011, many of us in the Commonwealth of Independent States region began to worry how they would end. From the experience of perestroika and coloured revoluti...

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    Strategic funerals in capacity building

    ‘When you are riding a dead horse, the best thing to do is dismount.’– Native American sayingCapacity building can do more harm than good. At times we use capacity building as a life...

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      NGO exit strategies: Are principles for closing projects or ending partnerships necessary?

      By Rachel Hayman and Sarah LewisNumerous non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are facing the challenge of closing projects and programmes and withdrawing from countries and partnerships. This might b...

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        Sustainability of civil society organisations in a rapidly changing world

        Civil society has been pivotal in driving political change as well as development in many countries. But the world is rapidly changing. Once-poor countries such as the MINTs (Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeri...

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          Letting go: The missing step in capacity building

          Capacity building rightly focuses on the future. But if we ignore the past we may be missing out a vital step – acknowledging and letting go of past behaviours.I first noticed this during the &l...

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