Undermining Development

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

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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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 137.2 x 210.8 x 15.2mm | 90.72g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 1 index
  • 0253217725
  • 9780253217721
  • 1,684,617

About Sarah Michael

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

Table of contents

AcknowledgmentsAbbreviations1. The Powerful and the Powerless: Understanding NGOs in Development2. NGO Power3. The Power of Local NGOs in Zimbabwe4. The Power of Local NGOs in Tanzania5. The Power of Local NGOs in Senegal6. Why Power is Crucial to NGOs7. Powerful NGOs, Sustainable NGOs8. Helping Local NGOs in Africa to Develop PowerBibliographyIndexshow more