Undermining development: the absence of power among local NGOs in Africa

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James Currey, 2004 - Business & Economics - 206 pages
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Why haven't development programs sponsored by local NGOs been more effective in Africa? In this careful study of NGOs in three African countries -- Zimbabwe, Tanzania, and Senegal -- Sarah Michael exposes reasons why successful, well-run, and powerful development programs are infrequent in Africa. Michael's argument focuses on issues of power. NGOs in Africa do not command the financial resources, employ the professional staff, or have the same access to donors that NGOs in other parts of the world enjoy. Main topics covered in this probing book include: What does a powerful NGO look like? How does power affect sustainable development? What circumstances prevent local NGOs in Africa from wielding power? How can African NGOs remedy their absence of power? What relationship with donors and international NGOs should be cultivated? This book will interest readers concerned with issues pertaining to the organization, mission, and implementation of development NGOs in Africa and beyond.

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Contents

El The Powerful the Powerless
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F1 The Power of Local NGOs in Tanzania
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EB Why Power is Crucial to NGOs
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About the author (2004)

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