Can NGOs Make a Difference

Author: Anthony J. Bebbington
Publisher: Zed Books Ltd.
ISBN: 9781848136212
Release Date: 2013-04-04
Genre: Political Science

Can non-governmental organisations 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 this question, this book brings together leading international voices from academia, NGOs and the 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. At the heart of this book is the argument that NGOs can and must re-engage with the project of seeking alternative development futures for the world's poorest and more marginal. This will require clearer analysis of the contemporary problems of uneven development, and a clear understanding of the types of alliances NGOs need to construct with other actors in civil society if they are to mount a credible challenge to disempowering processes of economic, social and political development.

Making a difference

Author: Michael Edwards
Publisher: Earthscan / James & James
ISBN: 1853831441
Release Date: 1992
Genre: Social Science

As Western aid budgets are slashed and government involvement with aid programmes reduced, NGOs in the voluntary sector are finding themselves taking an ever-increasing share of development work overseas. As they do so, they are forced to grow and to assume new responsibilities, taking more important and wide-ranging decisions - in many cases, without having had the chance to step back and review the options before them and the best ways of maximizing the impact they make. This collection of essays explores the strategies available to NGOs to enhance their development work, reviewing the ways that options can be understood, appropriate programmes and likely problems.

Making a Difference

Author: D. Hulme
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781134160464
Release Date: 2013-11-05
Genre: Business & Economics

As Western aid budgets are slashed and government involvement with aid programmes reduced, NGOs in the voluntary sector are finding themselves taking an ever-increasing share of development work overseas. As they do so, they are forced to grow and to assume new responsibilities, taking more important and wide-ranging decisions - in many cases, without having had the chance to step back and review the options before them and the best ways of maximizing the impact they make. This collection of essays explores the strategies available to NGOs to enhance their development work, reviewing the ways that options can be understood, appropriate programmes and likely problems.

The Change Imperative

Author: Paul Ronalds
Publisher: Kumarian Press
ISBN: 9781565494022
Release Date: 2010
Genre: Political Science

"As a leader in one of the large lumbering INGOs Paul is aiming at, I find his articulation and analysis of both the influence we have and the challenges We face very real and insightful."---Penny Lawrence, International Programmes Director, Oxfam GB "Concisely and convincingly makes the ease for fundamental change in the way civil Society organizes itself to meet the challenges of the 21st century."---Robert Glasser, Secretary General, CARE International "The INGOs' role in global governance is too important to be allowed to ossify, atrophy or diminish---change is an imperative and Paul Ronalds points the way forward."---Greg Bourne, CEO, WWE-Australia "NGOs must become more adept at dealing with the growing uncertainties they face and responsibilities they choose to carry. At last, we have an insider's perspective on what could be done if the will is there. In the 21st century, an NGO's failure to regenerate will not be for want of the clear analysis and practical advice that this book provides."---Alan Fowler, International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University "Leaders of INGOs have only brief organizational history and sparse literature to guide them into the future. I am grateful to Paul Ronalds for adding to the store of knowledge on this topic and believe his work will help INGOs remain relevant and effective."---Ian Wishart, CEO, Plan International Australia Whether they like it or not, relief and development NGOs are in the midst of a revolution. Faced with the challenge of managing their growing influence in international politics, these Organizations are making operational decisions that will determine their survival. Those that find themselves hampered by the increased politicization of aid and demands on their accountability; those that struggle to define their work in a world that has only recently begun to recognize their authority, will fail to meet their goals. Those that are committed to flexibility, learning new technologies and rethinking their strategies and structure will see their organizations succeed. Author Paul Ronalds brings his experience as Deputy CEO of World Vision Australia to other NGO managers in The Change Imperative, guiding them through the challenges they must overcome to maintain effectiveness in the 21st century. He covers the practical issues leaders are facing in areas such as advocary, fundraising. technology, financing and human resources, but also the more ambiguous issues: legitimacy, state sovereignty and political analysis. Ronalds' book is a must-have for both students and managers pursuing influential careers in charitable, development and aid organizations.

NGOs and Accountability in China

Author: Jude Howell
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9783319902210
Release Date: 2018-05-15
Genre: Social Science

This book investigates how NGOs in authoritarian states, such as China, craft accountability and legitimacy to ensure their survival. It explores this through the lens of child welfare organisations from 2007 to 2017. The authors provide a fresh approach to accountability that is more attuned to the particular conditions of authoritarianism. The project explores the effects of power relations in shaping the hierarchies of accountability and participation that emerge and the attention given to different voices such as those of donor, government, and users. Essential reading for researchers and policy makers interested in development, NGO, social policy, political science, and child welfare studies.

Encyclopedia of Geography

Author: Barney Warf
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISBN: 9781452265179
Release Date: 2010-09-21
Genre: Science

Simply stated, geography studies the locations of things and the explanations that underlie spatial distributions. Profound forces at work throughout the world have made geographical knowledge increasingly important for understanding numerous human dilemmas and our capacities to address them. With more than 1,200 entries, the Encyclopedia of Geography reflects how the growth of geography has propelled a demand for intermediaries between the abstract language of academia and the ordinary language of everyday life. The six volumes of this encyclopedia encapsulate a diverse array of topics to offer a comprehensive and useful summary of the state of the discipline in the early 21st century. Key Features Gives a concise historical sketch of geography's long, rich, and fascinating history, including human geography, physical geography, and GIS Provides succinct summaries of trends such as globalization, environmental destruction, new geospatial technologies, and cyberspace Decomposes geography into the six broad subject areas: physical geography; human geography; nature and society; methods, models, and GIS; history of geography; and geographer biographies, geographic organizations, and important social movements Provides hundreds of color illustrations and images that lend depth and realism to the text Includes a special map section Key Themes Physical Geography Human Geography Nature and Society Methods, Models, and GIS People, Organizations, and Movements History of Geography This encyclopedia strategically reflects the enormous diversity of the discipline, the multiple meanings of space itself, and the diverse views of geographers. It brings together the diversity of geographical knowledge, making it an invaluable resource for any academic library.

Housing as Governance

Author: Astrid Ley
Publisher: LIT Verlag Münster
ISBN: 9783643103307
Release Date: 2010
Genre: History

This book explores the dynamic roles and linkages of public sector institutions and civil society actors in housing provision for the urban poor in South Africa. Based on actor-centred and network theories, two cases of civil society alliances are analysed. The book reveals that existing civil society structures are hybrids that can oscillate between networks and organisations. Moreover, they establish informal governance spaces with state actors outside the institutional channels provided by government. The emergence of oscillating structures and the informalisation of horizontal governance represent new challenges for local decision-making processes. Co-operation and action-oriented approaches in housing seemingly need to be based on a more detailed understanding of the complex interfaces, which go far beyond the conventional ideal of partnerships and participation between sectors.

International Encyclopedia of Civil Society

Author: Helmut K. Anheier
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9780387939964
Release Date: 2009-11-24
Genre: Social Science

Recently the topic of civil society has generated a wave of interest, and a wealth of new information. Until now no publication has attempted to organize and consolidate this knowledge. The International Encyclopedia of Civil Society fills this gap, establishing a common set of understandings and terminology, and an analytical starting point for future research. Global in scope and authoritative in content, the Encyclopedia offers succinct summaries of core concepts and theories; definitions of terms; biographical entries on important figures and organizational profiles. In addition, it serves as a reliable and up-to-date guide to additional sources of information. In sum, the Encyclopedia provides an overview of the contours of civil society, social capital, philanthropy and nonprofits across cultures and historical periods. For researchers in nonprofit and civil society studies, political science, economics, management and social enterprise, this is the most systematic appraisal of a rapidly growing field.

Livelihood Security in Northwestern Himalaya

Author: R.B. Singh
Publisher: Springer Science & Business
ISBN: 9784431548683
Release Date: 2014-05-02
Genre: Science

This book identifies and analyzes livelihood impacts of recent environmental and socio-economic changes in urban and rural settings of the mountainous state of Himachal Pradesh, north western Himalaya, India. The findings of the research deal with the broader objectives of the changing patterns of agricultural production with special reference to diversification, as well as forest-based livelihood outcomes, Clean Development Mechanism forest project activities, the roles of different ethnic groups and non-governmental organizations and the benefits and shortcomings of tourism as a livelihood source. These tasks are studied by using an exploratory approach, with participant observation, interviews through random and cluster sampling among villagers, local land users and officials, as well as with land cover interpretation and secondary statistical data. This book is relevant for educational use together with policy input on the issues exploring livelihood security in a rapidly growing developing country.

A World Beyond Borders

Author: David MacKenzie
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
ISBN: 9781442693692
Release Date: 2010-11-01
Genre: History

This short and well-written overview provides essential information on the history of international organizations (IOs), with particular focus on the League of Nations, the development of the United Nations, and the UN system. Starting at the beginning of the twentieth century, when there were very few international organizations in existence, A World Beyond Borders traces the growth of IOs through to the close of the century, when there were literally thousands at the heart of the international system. Following this chronological order, the book examines how international organizations became the major legal, moral, and cultural forces that they are today, involved in all aspects of international relations including peacekeeping, disarmament, peace resolution, human rights, diplomacy, and environmentalism. This book is the first in the Canadian Historical Association / University of Toronto Press International Themes and Issues Series, which is dedicated to publishing concise, focused overviews of topics that are of international significance in the study of history.

Democracy at Large

Author: B. Petric
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9781137032768
Release Date: 2012-10-22
Genre: Political Science

An analysis of the transnationalization of politics in several societies concerned by programs of democracy promotion, the contributors to this book seek to understand how these new global norms and programs create forms of appropriation and resistance at the local level.

Can Youth Make a Difference

Author: Lasse Siurala
Publisher: Council of Europe
ISBN: 9287148120
Release Date: 2002
Genre: Social change

This book explores the current variety of youth lifestyles and sub-cultures and their implications for youth policy and youth work. Issues discussed include: youth in the information society; non-formal education and citizenship; changing forms of participation; developing teaching methods and approaches; linking knowledge and action; and trends in European youth policies.

One can make a difference

Author: James B. Mayfield
Publisher: Univ Pr of Amer
ISBN: UOM:39015041062384
Release Date: 1997-04-01
Genre: Business & Economics

This book is about the process of rural development in the Less Developed Countries (LDCs) in the world.

The Power and Limits of NGOs

Author: Sarah E. Mendelson
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 9780231505833
Release Date: 2002-09-11
Genre: Political Science

Since the end of the Cold War, a virtual army of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) from the United States, Britain, Germany, and elsewhere in Europe have flocked to Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia. These NGOs are working on such diverse tasks as helping to establish competitive political parties, elections, and independent media, as well as trying to reduce ethnic conflict. This important book is among the few efforts to assess the impact of these international efforts to build democratic institutions. The case studies presented here provide a portrait of the mechanisms by which ideas commonly associated with democratic states have evolved in formerly communist states, revealing conditions that help as well as hurt the process.