Monday 24 April 2017

NGOs and Social Justice in South Africa and Beyond - THE BOOK

We are very proud to announce that a book, NGOs and Social Justice in South Africa and Beyond has been released, drawing together various contributions from the Thinking Africa colloquium on the topic NGOs and Social Justice.

The book is published by the University of KwaZulu-Natal Press - more details here. Anyone interested in reviewing the book can contact Sally Matthews at 

Here is the Table of Contents for those who would like more information on the contents of the book.


Introduction: Rethinking the Role of NGOs in Struggles for Social Justice 
Sally Matthews and Patronella Nqaba

Part I: Thinking NGOs, Emancipation and Social Justice 
1. Can NGOs Play an Emancipatory Role in Contemporary Africa? 
Firoze Manji
2. Navigating the Pitfalls of State Democracy: Thinking NGOs from an Emancipatory Perspective 
Michael Neocosmos
3. Black Liberation and the Notion of ‘Social Justice’ in South Africa 54
Thapelo Tselapedi

Part II: NGOs in Practice 
4. ‘We Give Off a Lot of Heat But Not a Lot of Light’: NGOs and Land Advocacy in Zimbabwe, 1995–2005 
Kirk Helliker
5. Exploring the Relationship Between Service Delivery and Advocacy: The Case of GADRA Education 
Ashley Westaway
6. Thinking Through the Role of NGOs in South Africa: Lessons from GADRA Education 
Patronella Nqaba
7. The Obscure Anatomy of the NGO Sector 
Injairu Kulundu
8. Infiltration and Instigation: How White Suburban Activists Act Out Left Politics on Black Bodies 
Koketso Moeti

Part III: Conversations 
9. NGOs: Bringing False Hope and Empty Promises 
Gladys Mpepho (in conversation with Thembani Onceya)
10. Collaboration and Co-option: Reflections on the Relationship Between NGOs and Social Movements 
Ayanda Kota (in conversation with Sally Matthews)
11. There Is No ‘Outside the Law’: Social Movements, the Law and Social Justice 
Tshepo Madlingozi (in conversation with Sally Matthews)

Conclusion: Dilemmas, Possibilities, Unity and Struggle 163
Mazibuko Jara


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