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Vol 1 (AAC) No 8

Published 1st June 2008

Civil society tiptoes in

Japanese NGOs under pressure

From now on, Japan's non-governmental organisations will operate more like British NGOs such as Oxfam and Christian Aid, which manage substantial state aid funds. Local NGOs were barely represented at earlier Africa summits but at the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD IV) last month, they fielded a strong presence through the Civil Society Forum. Japanese officials see NGOs as important in mobilising public opinion behind aid disbursements, even if they sometimes criticise officials.

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