By Doreen Strauhs

Providing the radical idea of the "literary NGO," this learn combines interviews with modern East African writers with an research in their expert actions and the cultural investment area to make an unique contribution to African literary feedback and cultural stories.

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This self-understanding is a difference from NGOs in the sector of theater for development. Whereas both types of NGOs are policy driven, NGOs in the theater for development can be said to be in particular driven by an agenda adapted to the objectives of their changing external partners, commissioning the NGOs for realizing the interests that are not necessarily the interests of the NGOs themselves but rather those of their principals. Although a certain influence of their transnational funding partners cannot be denied, LINGOs, on the other hand, are largely driven by the policy of their own agenda and maybe by agendas of their members and associates.

A]t no point did we set out to set up Kwani?. Kwani?? came to existence without our being aware that it was going to happen. Part of the reason why it happened perhaps was because Binyavanga won the Caine Prize. ” If he had, I would have encouraged him warmly. The Caine Prize involvement and my involvement was a happy case of working in the same field at the same time. , it’s a case of people who have the same kind of basic objectives not necessarily working institutionally together, but certainly by our activities encouraging each other.

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