When it comes to relations between civil society and business, it’s not a straightforward case of angels versus demons, says Maurice Makoloo, the regional director of the Ford Foundation in eastern Africa. What stops them getting together more often? An antipathy based on misunderstanding, he tells Alliance editor Charles Keidan.
We’re meeting at the WINGSForum shortly after you participated in a session on the relationship between business and civil society. You said there’s too much mutual misunderstanding. Can you elaborate on that?
If you take the analogy of football, there are strikers, there are midfielders, there are defenders and there’s a goalkeeper. Civil society has a role to play and the private sector has its role.