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1st Edition

The Management of Non-Governmental Development Organizations

ISBN 9780415370936
Published December 26, 2006 by Routledge
285 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The first edition of this book was published in 2001 by Routledge and was the first academic text on the important new emerging field of NGO management. It sets out the field for researchers with a new and original conceptual framework, contains a comprehensive review of existing literature from a variety of disciplines (including management, development studies, and social policy) and provides wide-ranging examples from the author’s own practical and research experience.

New to this edition:

  • twelve new detailed case studies of NGO management issues and challenges
  • new discussion points, lessons learned and questions for debate to guide the reader through each chapter
  • definitions of key terms
  • highlighted key ideas to illustrate each chapter.

Revealing the distinctive organizational challenges faced by NGOs this second edition provides a fully updated and revised text that will prove invaluable to all those studying or working in NGOs, the voluntary sector or development studies. 

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Table of Contents

Introduction  1. The NGO Management Debate  Part 1: The Theory of NGO Management  2. Contexts, Histories and Concepts  3. NGOs and Development  4. Culture, Ambiguity and NGO Management  Part 2: The Practice of NGO Management  5. Advocacy and Service Delivery  6. The Management of Relationships  7. The Dynamics of Internal Management  8. Conclusion: Understanding NGO Management

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David Lewis is Reader in Social Policy at the London School of Economics.  An anthropologist by training, he undertakes research on development policy issues mainly in South Asia, and has been a consultant for a range of NGOs including Save the Children Fund, Oxfam and the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC).


'A must read for scholars because of the breadth of literature covered and for students because it gives them an in-depth view of the complexity of the subject and provides examples of how that complexity plays itself out in the day-to-day realities of NGO life.' - Ann Marie Thomson, Indiana University Bloomington, USA

'...this is a very impressive and useful summary of the literature.' - Sylvia I. Bergh, Voluntas