This text presents a perspective on the third sector. Rather than considering non-governmental development organizations and voluntary agencies separately, it explores the similarities, differences and growing connections between them in both northern and southern contexts. Authors in the field consider the differences in scale and priority that exist between different types of third sector organizations in different settings, as well as the common challenges of accountability, legitimacy, effectiveness and governance. Models of learning and communication, including southern ideas such as micro-credit provision, are also examined, as are the continuing barriers.
Introduction: The Parallel Universes of Third Sector Research and the Changing Context of Voluntary Action * Part 1: Linkages and Learning - Crossing the Great Divide: Building Links and Learning Between NGO and Community-Based Organizations in North and South * Social Learning in South-North Coalitions: Constructing Knowledge Systems Across Social Chasms * The Third World's Third Sector in Comparative Perspective * Part 2: Contrasts and Complementariness - Voluntary Sector Governance - Problems in Practice and Theory in the United Kingdom and North America * NGO Governing Bodies and Beyond: A Southern Perspective on Third Sector Governance Issues * Building NGO Legitimacy In Bangladesh: The Contested Domain * The Trouble with Values * Citizen Organizations as Policy Entrepreneurs * Influencing Policy: A UK Voluntary Sector Perspective * Evaluation and the Voluntary (Nonprofit) Sector: Emerging Issues * Evaluating NGO Development Interventions * Advocacy and Third Sector Organizations: A Composite Perspective * Legitimacy and Values in NGOs and Voluntary Organizations: Some Sceptical Thoughts * Postscript: Reshaping the Third Sector * Index