Volunteering, Civic Agency, and Citizenship in Africa

  • Ebenezer Obadare
Part of the Nonprofit and Civil Society Studies book series (NCSS, volume 20)


The resurgence of faith in volunteerism as a vehicle for civic renewal rests on a set of assumptions about the nature of volunteerism, and its relation to civil society, citizenship, and social integration. This chapter takes issue with these assumptions. Among other things, it highlights the danger of framing ‘public’ ‘service’ provision and delivery as a problem of inadequate volunteering, thus more or less absolving the state of any responsibility. Furthermore, and because volunteerism is more often than not a function of a volunteer’s sense of ‘belonging’ within a particular civic community, the paper urges an approach to volunteerism that takes it as an act of social citizenship, one that is best ‘performed’ after the state has discharged its duties toward society.


Civil Society Civic Engagement African State Southern African Development Community African National Congress 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of KansasLawrenceUSA

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