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close this bookGATE - 4/95 - Bridging the gap - NGO's in Latin America (GTZ GATE, 1995, 48 p.)
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Dear readers

Deregulation and privatisation are two of the most-used catchwords in today's debate on economic policy. In Latin America and other countries of the South these concepts are being implemented via economic structural adjustment programmes But the state's withdrawal has enormous social consequences. Very frequently only a minority are reaping the benefits of the economic reform process.

What is more, tasks which were traditionally the business of government are now being carried out by organisations in civil society. NGOs are bridging the gap, implementing health care programmes or schemes to assist small farmers. And these efforts often stretch them to the limits of their capacity.

Nevertheless, another phenomenon has become apparent in the course of deregulation. Especially in Latin America the Indnas who had been pushed to the fringe of society are awakening to a new awareness. They are beginning to resist against government paternalism and are also taking a self-assured stand in their dealings with NGOs.

This issue's focus aims to be an orientation on the debate surrounding the role of NGOs in Latin America while at the same time depicting the work carried out by some of the organizations in this region which cooperate with GATE/ISAT. CAAP from Ecuador, CETAL from Chile, CETEC from Colombia and SEMTA from Bolivia are given the floor.

Another subject in this issue is worthy of your attention. When will Germany be sustainable? What consequences does the ecological reform of a large industrial nation have on the countries of the South? The Catholic development NGO Misereor, which is a member of the AT Forum NGO-GTZ, has presented a study on this subject.

Peter Bossc - Brckenfeld