Can NGOs Make a Difference? The Challenge of Development Alternatives

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  • Copyright: 2008-02-15
  • Publisher: ZED BOOKS

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Can non-governmental organizations contribute to more socially just, alternative forms of development? Or are they destined to work at the margins of dominant development models determined by others? Addressing these questions, this book brings together leading international voices from academia, NGOs and social movements. It provides a comprehensive update to the NGO literature and a range of critical new directions to thinking and acting around the challenge of development alternatives. The book's originality comes from the wide range of new case-study material it presents, the conceptual approaches it offers for thinking about development alternatives, and the practical suggestions for NGOs.

Author Biography

Anthony J. Bebbington is Professor of Nature, Society and Development at the University of Manchester. Sam Hickey is lecturer in the International Development at the University of Manchester. Diana C. Mitlin is an economist and social development specialist at the University of Manchester.

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tablesp. viii
Acknowledgementsp. ix
Critical Challenges
Introduction: Can NGOs Make a Difference? The Challenge of Development Alternativesp. 3
Have NGOs 'Made a Difference?' From Manchester to Birmingham with an Elephant in the Roomp. 38
NGO Alternatives under Pressure
Challenges to Participation, Citizenship and Democracy: Perverse Confluence and Displacement of Meaningsp. 55
Learning from Latin America: Recent Trends in European NGO Policymakingp. 71
Whatever Happened to Reciprocity? Implications of Donor Emphasis on 'Voice' and 'Impact' as Rationales for Working with NGOs in Developmentp. 90
Development and the New Security Agenda: W(h)ither(ing) NGO Alternatives?p. 111
Pursuing Alternatives: NGO Strategies in Practice
How Civil Society Organizations Use Evidence to Influence Policy Processesp. 133
Civil Society Participation as the Focus of Northern NGO Support: The Case of Dutch Co-financing Agenciesp. 153
Producing Knowledge, Generating Alternatives? Challenges to Research-oriented NGOs in Central America and Mexicop. 175
Anxieties and Affirmations: NGO-Donor Partnerships for Social Transformationp. 196
Being Alternative
Reinventing International NGOs: A View from the Dutch Co-financing Systemp. 221
Transforming or Conforming? NGOs Training Health Promoters and the Dominant Paradigm of the Development Industry in Boliviap. 240
Political Entrepreneurs or Development Agents: An NGO's Tale of Resistance and Acquiescence in Madhya Pradesh, Indiap. 261
Is This Really the End of the Road for Gender Mainstreaming? Getting to Grips with Gender and Institutional Changep. 279
The Ambivalent Cosmopolitanism of International NGOsp. 298
Development as Reform and Counter-reform: Paths Travelled by Slum/Shack Dwellers Internationalp. 316
Taking Stock and Thinking Forward
Reflections on NGOs and Development: The Elephant, the Dinosaur, Several Tigers but No Owlp. 337
Contributorsp. 346
Indexp. 351
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