Institutional Repository

"Caught at crossroads -- which way for NGOs?" : an analysis of NGO post-drought "rehabilitation through to development" interventions in Machakos district Kenya, 2001-2006

Show simple item record

dc.contributor.advisor Swanepoel, Hennie
dc.contributor.author Okwanga, Esther Loveless
dc.date.accessioned 2012-08-23T09:07:03Z
dc.date.available 2012-08-23T09:07:03Z
dc.date.issued 2012-02
dc.identifier.citation Okwanga, Esther Loveless (2012) "Caught at crossroads -- which way for NGOs?" : an analysis of NGO post-drought "rehabilitation through to development" interventions in Machakos district Kenya, 2001-2006, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <http://hdl.handle.net/10500/6216> en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10500/6216
dc.description.abstract Non Governmental Organisations have been operating in Africa since the 1940’s; then, their work was heavily biased towards relief work. From the 1980s however, the role of NGOs evolved to include development; understandably, African governments were finding it increasingly difficult to provide adequate levels of basic services for their people. To this effect and initially; NGOs got involved in development as short term "gap fillers" in the provision of basic services; health and education amongst others. As Africa’s development discourse continued unabated, NGOs were recognised by donors and host governments alike, as indispensible to the provision of such services; in time however, they became the subject of criticism for allegedly failing to irreversibly ameliorate the conditions of the poor. In delivering services, NGOs work in a complex partnership characterised by power imbalances. The partnership involves donors who own the means of production which facilitate NGOs’ work and host governments who “own” the humanitarian space which NGOs need to fulfil their humanitarian mandate. While seemingly poor and powerless, the communities served wield the power to facilitate or block the success of NGO interventions through their commitment and/or lack thereof; respectively; NGOs’ contribution is their skills and humanitarian spirit. The success of NGO interventions is a function of resources, humanitarian space and the goodwill that donors, host governments and the communities served bring to the partnership table respectively. The study sought to establish why between 2001-2006; NGO post-drought rehabilitation through to development interventions failed to irreversibly reduce vulnerability against drought in communities in Machakos District and the extent to which power imbalances which characterise “partnerships for development” contributed to the failure by NGOs to fulfil their mandate. The study revealed that NGOs are unwaveringly committed to their humanitarian mandate however; the power imbalances that characterise “partnerships for development” and in particular, that between NGOs’ and donors militated against the fulfilment of their mandate in Machakos District. When NGOs fail to deliver on their mandate; they lose credibility amongst the other partners and this reinforces the power imbalances; it’s a vicious cycle. “Caught at Crossroads...” NGOs are indeed. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (xiv, 338 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Development partnership en
dc.subject Community participation en
dc.subject Empowerment en
dc.subject Sustainability en
dc.subject Accountability en
dc.subject.ddc 307.14096762
dc.subject.lcsh Rural development -- Kenya
dc.subject.lcsh Kenya -- Foreign economic relations
dc.subject.lcsh Economic assistance -- Kenya
dc.subject.lcsh Community development -- Kenya
dc.subject.lcsh Sustainable development -- Kenya
dc.subject.lcsh Non-governmental organizations -- Kenya
dc.subject.lcsh Economic development -- Kenya
dc.subject.lcsh Kenya -- Economic policy
dc.subject.lcsh Kenya -- Social policy
dc.subject.lcsh Economic development projects -- Kenya
dc.title "Caught at crossroads -- which way for NGOs?" : an analysis of NGO post-drought "rehabilitation through to development" interventions in Machakos district Kenya, 2001-2006 en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.department Development Studies en
dc.description.degree D.Litt. et Phil. (Development Studies)


Files in this item

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record

Search UnisaIR


Browse

My Account

Statistics