This research, funded by SIDA, was undertaken as part of the study of the role of civil society in fragile states, namely in Tajikistan and and Zimbabwe. One of the aims of the project was to assist the development of strategies for civil society groups working in fragile states in order to create an environment more conductive towards long-term development, political accountability and culture of democracy.

By providing  empirical qualitative data from Tajikistan, this research intends to contribute to theoretical and policy debates on fragile states, civil society strengthening and the potential of civil society to play a more strategic socio-political role, rather than a widely acknowledged social service delivery role in the situations of fragility, namely spreading the norms of political accountability and the rule of law. Unlike some studies which explore mainly social service delivery organisations, this project explores less visible but possibly more significant roles of civil society in the longer term.



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