NGOs in development: opportunities and challenges
Labour and Management in Development Journal, 4, (2), .
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Over the past two decades, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have increased in
number, size and scope and established themselves in pivotal positions in social, economic
and political landscapes across the globe. Their role in the development world specifically
has been transformed. Originally situated on the periphery of the development community
and often directly opposed to its mainstream, NGOs are now central to contemporary
development discourse and practice. They have also been heralded as new agents with the
capacity and commitment to make up for the shortcomings of the state and the market in
promoting development. In this context, this paper examines the evolving role of NGOs in
the changing development landscape, the main strengths and weaknesses of the sector
and its latent opportunities and constraints. A case study analysis of the involvement of an
international NGO in rural community development projects in Lebanon is also presented,
documenting the developmental roles of a specific NGO and the operational and qualitative
impacts of NGO developmental interventions in a developing country context.
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