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The role of the state and Fiji council of social services in service delivery in Fiji

Chand, Anand and Naidu, Suwastika and Khan, M.H. (2010) The role of the state and Fiji council of social services in service delivery in Fiji. UNSPECIFIED. (Unpublished)

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Since 1980s the global trend of international major donor agencies has been to divert aid from the state to civil societies for the reasons of good governance, better accountability, more transparency and efficient service delivery. This has also been the case in the South Pacific island countries and particularly in Fiji after the 1987 coups. This re-direction of funds from the state to Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) had two major impacts on the role of the state in service delivery. First, it led to the reduction of the role of the state in prioritizing areas for use of funds and distributing funds to CSO’s for service delivery. Secondly, the state is no longer able to ‘control’ the whole process of service delivery and gain people’s sympathy and political mileage, as was the case in the post coup period. Furthermore, as part of neo-liberal economic policies, governments of the South Pacific island countries are reducing their role in service delivery and increasingly relying on civil society organisations to undertake a greater role in providing safety net for needy people. This paper will unravel the ‘rolling back’ of Fijian state and examine the increasing role of Fiji Council of Social Services (FCOSS) in service delivery. In particular, this paper will examine the case study of FCOSS and analyse its role in capacity building of CSOs and its various programmes in providing service delivery in Fiji. It will also focus on sectors of health, family, gender, education, poverty alleviation (via microfinance), etc.

Item Type: Other
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Divisions: Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) > School of Management and Public Administration
Depositing User: Ms Shalni Sanjana
Date Deposited: 16 May 2010 01:58
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2012 05:07

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