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Non-Governmental Development Organizations and the Poverty Reduction Agenda

The moral crusaders, 1st Edition

By Jonathan J. Makuwira


184 pages | 12 B/W Illus.

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The Non-Governmental Development Organisations (NGDOs) have, over the past two decades, entered centre stage in their active participation in the social, political and economic issues affecting both the developing and developed world. This book offers a highly stimulating and concise summary of the NGDO sector by examining their history and metamorphosis; their influence on the social, political and economic landscapes of the ‘Northern’ and ‘Southern’ governments and societies. The author analyses competing theoretical and conceptual debates not only regarding their contribution to the global social political dynamism but also on the sector’s changing external influence as they try and mitigate poverty in marginalized communities. This book presents NGDOs as multidimensional actors propelled by the desire to make a lasting change but constrained by market-oriented approaches to development and other factors both internal and external to their environment. While a lot of attention has been given to understanding international NGDOs like World Vision International, Oxfam, Care International and Plan International, this book offers a critical analysis of grassroots organizations – those NGDOs founded and established by locals and operate at the deepest end of the development contexts.

This work will be of interest to students and scholars in a range of areas including Development Studies, International Organizations and Globalization.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. The NGDO Sector in Historical Context 3. NGO's and Foreign Development Assistance 4. The Moral Case for Partnerships 5. Capacity Development for NGDOs 6. NGOs and the Moral Dilemma of Accountability 7. NGO Leadership and Management 8. Shaping NGDOs’ Moral Development Crusade through Learning 9. The Future of the NGDO Sector in Poverty Reduction

About the Author

Jonathan J. Makuwira obtained his PhD at the University of New England (UNE) in October 2003. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in International Development at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University. Prior to coming to RMIT he taught Peace Studies at UNE, and Comparative Indigenous Studies at Central Queensland University. He worked for the Ministry of Education in Malawi as a primary, secondary and teacher educator. He joined Malawi Institute of Education in 1990, as a Research Officer before joining Council for NGOs in Malawi (CONGOMA) in 1998 as a Research Officer.

About the Series

Global Institutions

The "Global Institutions Series" is edited by Thomas G. Weiss (The CUNY Graduate Center, New York, USA) and Rorden Wilkinson (University of Sussex, UK).

The Series has two "streams" identified by their covers:

  • Blue covers offer comprehensive, accessible, and informative guides to the history, structure, and activities of key international organizations, and introductions to topics of key importance in contemporary global governance. Recognized experts use a similar structure to address the general purpose and rationale for specific organizations along with historical developments, membership, structure, decision-making procedures, key functions, and an annotated bibliography and guide to electronic sources.
  • Red covers consist of research monographs and edited collections that advance knowledge about one aspect of global governance; they reflect a wide variety of intellectual orientations, theoretical persuasions, and methodological approaches.

Together these streams provide a coherent and complementary portrait of the problems, prospects, and possibilities confronting global institutions today.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Treaties
POLITICAL SCIENCE / NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations)