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Promoting Transparency in the NGO Sector: Examining the Availability and Reliability of Self-Reported Data

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  • Burger, Ronelle
  • Owens, Trudy

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Summary Amid calls for NGOs to become more accountable, this work examines discrepancies between what NGOs say and do. Using a unique dataset of NGOs in Uganda it investigates the inaccuracies in reported financial transparency and community participation. We find that the threat of being caught reduces the likelihood of financial misrepresentation, while a desire to maintain a good reputation leads to misrepresentation of community consultation. Analysis provides indications that: NGOs with antagonistic relations with government may be more likely to hide information; and that unrealistic donor demands may be an obstacle to transparency. Findings caution against an overly naïve view of NGOs and a reliance on self-reported information.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal World Development.

Volume (Year): 38 (2010)
Issue (Month): 9 (September)
Pages: 1263-1277

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Handle: RePEc:eee:wdevel:v:38:y:2010:i:9:p:1263-1277

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Keywords: NGO Africa accountability transparency participation;

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Cited by:
  1. Nicola Banks & David Hulme, 2012. "The role of NGOs and civil society in development and poverty reduction," Brooks World Poverty Institute Working Paper Series 17112, BWPI, The University of Manchester.
  2. Ronelle Burger & Trudy Owens, . "Receive Grants or Perish? The Survival Prospects of African Nongovernmental Organizations," Discussion Papers 11/07, University of Nottingham, CREDIT.
  3. Spiros Bougheas & Alessia Isopi & Trudy Owens, . "How do Donors Allocate Funds to NGOs? Evidence from Uganda," Discussion Papers 12/08, University of Nottingham, CREDIT.
  4. Andersson, Krister, 2013. "Local Governance of Forests and the Role of External Organizations: Some Ties Matter More Than Others," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 43(C), pages 226-237.

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