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Critique the role of NGOs in development. Are they more effective as service providers or as advocates/change agents?
Understanding Socio Economic Development
Length: 8 pages (2400 Words)
Module: understanding socio-economic development
Essay title: Critique the role of NGOs in development. Are they more effective as service providers or as advocates/change agents?
This report examines the extent to which community participation has become the dominant paradigm in development practice and evaluates whether this participation is making a positive contribution toward the development of society or not? This Report also evaluates the role of NGOs in development of communities and how knowledge about local people livelihoods results in improved policies and practices.
According to Mansuri and Rao (2003) there is an increasing trend toward community involvement in development projects. Mansuri and Rao further provides that world’s bank spending on community driven development programs has increased from 325 million dollars in 1996 to 2 billion dollars in 2003. According to Woolcock and Narayan (2000) community participation in development projects is essential for the success of the projects. Woolcock and Narayan further explained that in order to make development sustainable it is necessary that the development project should involve community, as it is the community especially youth on whose shoulder the future of the society is dependant.