Managing precarity? Civil society groups and donor retreat in the Eastern Caribbean

Peck, Sarah (2019) Managing precarity? Civil society groups and donor retreat in the Eastern Caribbean. International Development Planning Review, 41 (4). pp. 451-472. ISSN 1474-6743

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Money is a crucial, yet contested aspect of global development. This article focuses on the monetary flows connected to civil society organisations (CSOs). CSOs have traditionally been conceptualised at the bottom of vertical aid chains, exemplifying their dependence on international donors. The retreat of traditional donors from regions such as the Caribbean has the potential to alter the way CSOs operate and their engagement in development activities. Based on empirical research with CSOs in Barbados and Grenada this paper explores the perceived impact of donor withdrawal from the region and discusses three key strategies civil society groups employ in this context. The paper argues that despite feeling increasingly vulnerable, civil society groups are responding by continuing to creatively draw on diverse social, emotional and financial resources to manage this precarity. However, some of these efforts add to the insecurity felt by civil society groups further increasing their fragility. This paper then aims to add to the body of work that is re-evaluating different aspects of global development finance in changing financial times.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Civil society, financial precarity, international development, the Caribbean, entrepreneurialism
Subjects: L300 Sociology
L400 Social Policy
L600 Anthropology
L700 Human and Social Geography
L900 Others in Social studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Depositing User: Rachel Branson
Date Deposited: 12 May 2020 08:24
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2021 18:03

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