Undermining Development

Undermining Development

The Absence of Power among Local NGOs in Africa
Michael, Sarah
Distribution: World
Publication date: 02/08/2005
Format: Paperback 1 index
ISBN: 978-0-253-21772-1
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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.

Author Bio

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

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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