Undermining Development: The Absence of Power among Local NGOs in Africa

Undermining Development: The Absence of Power among Local NGOs in Africa

by Sarah Michael


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The experience of many South Asian and Latin American countries demonstrates that the power of local NGOs can contribute to improving the quality of development services throughout the developing world. Are local NGOs in Africa able to wield power in development? Local NGOs in Africa are lagging behind their counterparts in South Asia and Latin America in terms of developing power. How can African NGOs remedy their absence of power? Local NGOs will have to create their own development space, achieve a degree of financial independence from donors, build solid links to the international development community and have a willingness to engage with the political aspects of development work. Why should donors and international NGOs promote local NGO power? Local NGO power aids NGO sustainability, a common goal of donors, NGOs and beneficiary communities alike. North America: Indiana U Press

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780852554395
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
Publication date: 12/21/2004
Series: African Issues Series
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Sarah Michael is a Research Associate at the Global Equity Initiative, Harvard University.

Table of Contents

1. The Powerful and the Powerless: Understanding NGOs in Development
2. NGO Power
3. The Power of Local NGOs in Zimbabwe
4. The Power of Local NGOs in Tanzania
5. The Power of Local NGOs in Senegal
6. Why Power is Crucial to NGOs
7. Powerful NGOs, Sustainable NGOs
8. Helping Local NGOs in Africa to Develop Power

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