Reconceptualising NGO's & their Roles in Development

NGOs, Civil Society & the International Aid System

Paul Opoku-Mensah (Redaktør) ; David Lewis (Redaktør) ; Terje Tvedt (Redaktør)

Twenty years after NGOs first emerged as objects of development research, much of the research on non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and development to date has been of a variable quality. While much useful work has been done, the development NGO research field is nonetheless characterised by a combination of an over-identification with NGOs, an excessive emphasis on technical/organisational issues and a lack of theoretical-contextual analysis. Les mer
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Twenty years after NGOs first emerged as objects of development research, much of the research on non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and development to date has been of a variable quality. While much useful work has been done, the development NGO research field is nonetheless characterised by a combination of an over-identification with NGOs, an excessive emphasis on technical/organisational issues and a lack of theoretical-contextual analysis. The result has been work that often bows to policy rhetoric and uncritically and unhelpfully serves to sustain a set of myths about NGOs and their performance -- of both a positive and a negative kind. This volume seeks to present less well-rehearsed perspectives. Its thirteen chapters are each written by authoritative researchers in the field. The book has two main objectives: to describe and interpret key aspects of NGOs' changing roles in development, and to present new analytical approaches. A key priority is to present work that is rooted in stronger theoretical frameworks than has previously been the case, while still maintaining a relevance to policy and practice. The authors represented here are critical of many of the theories and concepts that frame the discourse on development NGOs and many of them propose alternative analytical approaches. In particular they seek to analytically integrate the international aid system in theoretical schemas that seek to explain NGOs and their roles in development. The overall aim of the book is to move forward the critical research agenda on NGOs and development by challenging its normative biases, using approaches drawn from a range of disciplinary perspectives including historical ethnography, organisational studies, political science, critical theory and anthropology.

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Reconceptualising NGOs and their roles in Development -- An outline of the issues; Development NGOs Revisited: A New Research Agenda; NGOs and the United Nations Systems: Evaluating Theoretical Approaches; Between Heroic Independence and Dependent Subservience: NGOs and the World Bank; Beyond Dependence: Conceptualizing Information and Accountability in NGO-Funder Relations; Donors and NGO Activism in Kolkata: The Case of Unnayan and NOVIB; Reframing the NGO and Civil Society Discourse: Perspectives from Eastern Europe; Adjusting to Donor and State Constraints: The Paradoxical Institutionalisation of a Kenyan Human Rights NGO; Restructuring African Development Politics: NGOs and Development Policy Making in Ghana; Norway and the NGO Channel: The Case of South Africa; The Art of NGO-ing: Everyday Practices as Key to Understanding Development NGOs; The Multiple Worlds of NGOs and HIV/AIDS: A Proposal to Rethink NGOs and their Agency; The Future of NGO Research in Development Studies.

Om forfatteren

Paul Opoku-Mensah is Associate Professor at the University of Aalborg, Denmark and Deputy Director of the Comparative Research Programme on NGOs, University of Bergen, Norway. David Lewis is reader in Socail Policy in the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK. He has written several books on the subject of NGOs. Terje Tvedt is Director of the Comparative Research Programme on NGOs and Professor and Research Director of the Centre for Development Studies, University of Bergen, Norway.