There is no denying that South Africa’s peaceful transition to democracy was nothing short of a miracle, as was its Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which set the tone for justice within the new constitutional democracy. South Africa presents social and political theorists with a poignant case study of the power of democracy and civil society to cause major social change without revolution. The articles in this Special Issue provide a record of ongoing attempts to grapple with infrastructural development while simultaneously transforming welfare practices. With the strongest people from civil society in government, the human resources were just not there to rebuild civil society in a context where demand far outstripped resources.Still, good leaders remain in NGOs and fight on, as Antoinette Lombard demonstrates in her article. Dorothee Hölscher, however, questions the political and economic will to devote the immense resources needed for a truly developmental welfare system to take shape.
International Journal of Social Welfare Vol. 17, Issue 2, p. 110-113