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New Roles and Relevance

Development Ngos and the Challenge of Change

Tina Wallace David Lewis



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Kumarian Press
31 October 2000
Development studies; Charities, voluntary services & philanthropy; Non-governmental organisations (NGOs)
Development NGOs now face a range of critical challenges. In a variety of contexts they are struggling to maintain their integrity and independence, while at the same time taking on a growing role in the fight against global poverty. David Lewis and Tina Wallace have assembled a wide-ranging, up-to-date study of this phenomenon, making it essential reading for NGO staff at all levels as well as students of development trends. This overview considers issues such as the search for greater relevance, improved accountability and better performance. Taking innovation as its theme, the first part of the book examines the evolution of alternative development thinking and ideas. The second section explores the current challenges NGOs face in trying to influence policy, while the final part looks at development practice itself. Written by a dynamic combination of key researchers and practitioners, this book argues that only through an engagement at both local and global levels, and through effective learning strategies, will development NGOs stand a chance of contributing to poverty reduction efforts at a sustained level that makes an impact.
By:   Tina Wallace
Edited by:   David Lewis
Imprint:   Kumarian Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 237mm,  Width: 159mm,  Spine: 20mm
Weight:   490g
ISBN:   9781565491212
ISBN 10:   1565491211
Pages:   272
Publication Date:   31 October 2000
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Reviews for New Roles and Relevance: Development Ngos and the Challenge of Change

This important and timely collection of essays is refreshingly balanced, candid and critical in its treatment of NGOs. Unlike so much of the literature that is self-congratulatory, this book dares to raise the tough questions that too many scholars and practitioners have ignored for too long. How (and whether) these questions are answered will determine not only the New Roles and Relevance of NGOs, but the very future of the global third sector. Adil Najam Asst. Professor of Int'l. Relations, Boston University Board of Governors, Pakistan Institute for Environment-Development Action Research

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