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Democracy as Problem SolvingCivic Capacity in Communities Across the Globe$
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Xavier de Souza Briggs

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262026413

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262026413.001.0001

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Rights, Conflict, and Civic Capacity: Meeting the Needs of Poor Children and Families in Postapartheid Cape Town

Rights, Conflict, and Civic Capacity: Meeting the Needs of Poor Children and Families in Postapartheid Cape Town

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(p.256) (p.257) 11 Rights, Conflict, and Civic Capacity: Meeting the Needs of Poor Children and Families in Postapartheid Cape Town
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Democracy as Problem Solving
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Souza Briggs

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262026413.003.0011

This chapter discusses how outcomes for poor young people and their families in Cape Town, South Africa, can be improved by creating and using civic capacity effectively. It analyzes the shortcomings of elected government and emphasizes the evolution of relationships between government led by a dominant political party, the African National Congress, and civil society in the country for the task of nationbuilding in the postapartheid era. Complications of urban governance and multifaceted efforts to solve and manage the critical problem of insecure housing and under-served communities are also examined. The role and efforts of the Treatment Action Campaign, a membership organization that has redirected the approach of government departments, nonprofit organizations, and individuals to the AIDS crisis, are also discussed.

Keywords:   civic capacity, African National Congress, under-served communities, Treatment Action Campaign, AIDS

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