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New Roles and Relevance Development Ngos and the Challenge of Change by Tina Wallace

New Roles and Relevance Development Ngos and the Challenge of Change


New Roles and Relevance Development Ngos and the Challenge of Change by Tina Wallace

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.


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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Publication date

31st October 2000


Tina Wallace

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Kumarian Press


272 pages


Development studies

Non-governmental organizations (NGOs)



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