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Hestitant bedfellows: the German Stiftungen and party aid in Africa. An attempt at an assessment

By Gero Erdmann


Contrary to international perception party assistance of German political foundations is not confined to the ‘partisan approach’, but displays a high variety of approaches; in particular they combine political party with civil society assistance. In fact, only about 20% of their efforts are devoted to party aid. Despite the foundation’s high degree of versatility in party aid they reveal a crucial weakness: none has a strategic concept to address the particular challenges of African political parties. However, this weakness is neither a problem of the German foundations nor is it confined to Africa; it rather seems to be a general one of party promoters and probably found in other continents as well

Topics: JZ, DD, DT
Publisher: University of Warwick. Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation
Year: 2005
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