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Topic 1 Reading – Ngo Management Debate Lewis, 2007 Notes

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AC310: Module 2 - Reading - "The NGO Management Debate" (Lewis, 2007)

Reading - "The NGO Management Debate" (Lewis, 2007) Introduction

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Increasing role of the third sector in public policy o "global associational revolution" (Salamon, 1994) o International non-state actors are increasingly contributing to transnational social policy (Deacon et al 1997) NGOs are a subsector of the third sector o May serve as a counterweight to the excesses of the state and the market (Hadenius and Uggla, 1996) o 'alternatives' to the status quo (Mitlin et al. 2005) Potential role of NGOs in working to link poor people with the benefits of globalization (Tembo, 2004) 'Global civil society' o e.g. protests about GM food, policy activism on climate change, opposition to current international trade rules (Anheier et al. 2001)
? i.e. G8 Gleneagles summit 2005 protests (Glasius et al. 2006) NGOs are important in humanitarian relief in the context of wars and natural disasters (Bennett, 1995) Lewis focuses on the 'non-governmental development organizations as defined by Fowler (1997) NGDOs 'legitimised by the existence of poverty'

Literature on NGOs

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Traditional literature on NGO work focused on descriptive rather than analytical o As well as a focus on individual organizational cases o Strongly prescriptive or normative tone o (Clarke, 1998; Stewart, 1997) Field of NGO management moved forward in 2002 o Fowler and Edwards (2002) drew together a collection of writings on the topic Rapidly changing management fads and management 'gurus' (Micklewait and Wooldridge, 1996) Lewis argues that there is an 'emerging field of NGO management' Relatively little attention is given to the way NGOs development roles can be managed

NGOs' critics and supporters

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Many voices are critical of NGOs

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