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Last Updated: 12/01/2005
Cuban-European NGO Collaboration: The 'Special Period'
Alexander I. Gray

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Introduction

The purpose of this article is to achieve an understanding of the nature of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Cuba and to highlight aspects of the collaboration that has occurred between Cuban and European NGOs. The motivation for undertaking this study is to begin the process of filling the gap in information with respect to Cuba’s NGO community and to get a sense of the circumstances under which international cooperation is carried out on the island. This article constitutes the preliminary findings of an interdisciplinary study of the role of NGOs operating within the context of a revolutionary socialist society. The article begins with essential background to understanding the reasons European NGOs entered Cuba in the 1990s.

Outline:

1. Background

1.1 The 1990s Economic Crisis

1.2 External Dimension Affecting Cuba

2. Traditional Priorities, New Approaches

2.1 The Traditional Actors: Mass Organisations

2.2 The New Actors: NGOs

2.3 Factors Shaping the Evolution of Cuban Civil Society

3. Concluding Remarks

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Appendix I

Alexander I. Gray is a Marie Curie Intra-European Post-Doctorate Fellow, affiliated with the European Doctoral Programme ‘Migration and Conflict in the Global Society,’ Area of Anthropology, Universidad de Deusto, Spain. He can be contacted at aian@fice.deusto.es


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