African Literary NGOs: Power, Politics, and Participation by Doreen Strauhs

By Doreen Strauhs

Providing the radical thought of the "literary NGO," this research combines interviews with modern East African writers with an research in their specialist actions and the cultural investment quarter to make an unique contribution to African literary feedback and cultural experiences.

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5. LINGOs versus Theater for Development Most important, LINGOs differ from NGOs in the sector of theater or creative writing for development, since the literature produced and promoted by LINGOs and their associated authors is at least not openly content-tailored to suit specific donor interests in development policy, such as HIV/AIDS prevention. LINGOs are instead open to any kind of innovative literary creativity as long as it is in line with the LINGOs’ individually established agenda. LINGOs do not consider themselves donor tools but explicitly highlight their status as independent write-tanks30 of public interest.

15 In practice, the dilemma of NGO terminology is likewise unresolved. 17 This means that countries set their own standards on what counts as an NGO and what does not. 20 In Global Standard NGOs: The Essential Elements of Good Practice, Grant B. 22 These local legal categories, however, do not necessarily create clear-cut boundaries defining whether organizations registered as trusts, foundations, companies, or NGOs could not theoretically still be considered as NGOs. On that note, Stillman points out that despite the fact that “the legal form of NGOs can be diverse and depends upon home-grown varieties in each country’s laws and practices[,] .

Case Studies: FEMRITE and Kwani Trust Among this great variety of LINGOs on the African continent, FEMRITE and Kwani Trust stand out. 56 Over the past years, thus applicable to the argument in the study at hand, these LINGOs’ writers have enriched the literary landscapes inside and outside their countries with publications of global interest and accessibility57 like no other existing African LINGO has thus far. , ? a number of visual narratives, and ten mini booklets, the Kwanini. At the same time, its affiliated writers have continued to stir a global interest in Anglophone Kenyan writing with essays, short stories, and poetry collections published on websites and in short story anthologies or newspapers worldwide, apart from the Kwani Trust imprint: Binyavanga Wainaina’s satirical essay “How to Write about Africa,” for instance, circulated on the Internet as spam (2006) and triggered several video responses on YouTube.

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