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Developing the State-Society Relationship in Timor-Leste: A Quest for Social Accountability with NGOs

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Authors
Yukako Tanaka-Sakabe
Issue Date
2021-05
Publisher
The Institute for Peace and Unification Studies, Seoul National University
Citation
Asian Journal of Peacebuilding, Vol.9 No.1, pp. 41-65
Keywords
social accountabilitystatesocietyNGOsTimor-Lestelocal
Abstract
This study discusses social accountability in Timor-Leste by scrutinizing the patterns of state-society interactions and the role of non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Analyzing five case studies in peacebuilding and development, it highlights NGOs multiple positions—from oversight and advocacy, to their role in facilitating statesociety relations in service delivery, suggesting alternative forms of public services, and conveying citizens views on government performance to the state. It elaborates how NGOs are closely associated with suco (village) and community authorities and bridge the gap between the state and society. In a fledging state, these dynamics emerge from the states attempts to formalize this relationship into law and societys accommodation of its citizens within the local context. The study also addresses international actors who strive to support NGOs.
ISSN
2288-2693 (print)
2288-2707 (online)
Language
English
URI
https://hdl.handle.net/10371/174593
DOI
https://doi.org/10.18588/202105.00a173
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