Conservation and Society

SPECIAL SECTION: GORONGOSA NATIONAL PARK, MOZAMBIQUE
Year
: 2015  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 119--128

Conservation Philanthropy and the Shadow of State Power in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique


Rozenn Nakanabo Diallo 
 LAM-Sciences Po Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France

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Rozenn Nakanabo Diallo
LAM-Sciences Po Bordeaux, Bordeaux
France

Transnational networks of donors, NGOs, private foundations, and companies shape conservation policymaking in Mozambique. In a context of neoliberal conservation that frames a reduction of the role of the state, policymaking is not the sole purpose of state agencies and thus questions state sovereignty. This article addresses state agency in a conservation philanthropy project in central Mozambique. The Gorongosa Restoration Project (GRP) is a public-private partnership between the state and the Carr Foundation, an American philanthropic organisation, for the management of Gorongosa National Park. The Frelimo state-at the head of the country ever since independence in 1975-is still rather weak in Gorongosa region, an opposition stronghold. State sovereignty is reformulated, for GRP is greatly externally driven and performs state functions such as the running of a state-owned national park. But in spite of weak state capacities, state sovereignty remains at the forefront: central and local state are key for daily conservation management, and the philanthropic apparatus is an opportunity for the state to further its local presence and control in the hinterland.


How to cite this article:
Diallo RN. Conservation Philanthropy and the Shadow of State Power in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique.Conservat Soc 2015;13:119-128


How to cite this URL:
Diallo RN. Conservation Philanthropy and the Shadow of State Power in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique. Conservat Soc [serial online] 2015 [cited 2020 May 27 ];13:119-128
Available from: http://www.conservationandsociety.org/article.asp?issn=0972-4923;year=2015;volume=13;issue=2;spage=119;epage=128;aulast=Diallo;type=0