NGOs and Social Welfare

New Research Approaches

Edited by: David Lewis, N. Ravichandran

Internationally, the non-governmental sector is a little-understood area of institutional life, and has so far received very little attention from scholars. Its increasing roles within a range of public services - health, education, and rural development - have also been accompanied by a growing non-governmental 'voice' in the form of campaigning and advocacy within public policy at local and international levels. Yet, an understanding of the implications of the growth in the non-governmental sector, and of the trends and changes within the sector itself, remains quite limited. There is a need to consider factors such as: the quality of service provided by these organizations and perceptions of service users . the implications of the growth of a set of non-profit yet commercialized service providers . the differences in the management of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from other types of organizations . the changed accountability relationships between citizens and government implied by the growth of NGOs . the international dimensions of the growth of the non-governmental sector . the wider role of NGOs as actors within wider neoliberal economic processes. ~This book addresses a set of exciting and important issues in relation to the worldwide non-governmental sector, such as the question of funding, issues relating to democratization and governance, and the management challenges in terms of building improved sustainability and more accountable public policy. The book will build better links between researchers and NGO practitioners, in support of strengthening the potential role and contribution of NGOs to development processes.

310 pages

Publication Date: 10/16/2008
Format: Cloth
ISBN: 9788131602003