ECA and CSOs : a framework for partnership
Author(s)/Corporate Author (s)United Nations. Economic Commission for Africa;
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The continuing decline in the economies of many African countries has spurred a significant shift in development orientation and the introduction of wide-ranging reforms for coping with the enormous development challenges of the region. This has led to a reappraisal of the role of the State. Today, the State is viewed less as a direct producer of goods and more as an institution that provides an environment that is conducive to economic growth. This shift in orientation brought with it a renewed recognition of the role of non-state actors, most importantly, the civil society sector.