Building Trust and Capacity: Civil Society and Transitional Justice from a Development Perspective (Brief)

Roger Duthie
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The term "civil society" is used by both the transitional justice and the development communities, often in a positive light: transitional justice measures are often said to contribute to strengthening civil society, and at the same time, to some extent, to depend on it; similarly, development is also said to contribute to and be facilitated by a vigorous civil society. This paper critically examines these connections to civil society in order to articulate a way of thinking about the relationship between transitional justice and development.