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Understanding voluntary organizations : guidelines for donors

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  • Brown, L. David
  • Korten, David C.
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    Voluntary development organizations have demonstrated substantial comparatiave advantage in developing countries - especially in their ability to innovate, adapt to local conditions, and reach and work with poor and difficult to reach populations. These capabilities are a function of their values, special skills, small size, limited resources, flexibility, and freedom from political constraints. Their weaknesses are a function of many of the same characteristics - particularly their value commitments, small size, independence, and lack of administrative rigidity. The authors explain that the strongest Voluntary Organizations (VOs) and People's Organizations (POs) respond to more than financial incentives. Their strength lies in the fact that they are not the same as government organizations or businesses. At the same time, they are not immune to financial incentives, which if wrongly applied can destroy the voluntarism of all but the most strongly aware of VOs and POs.

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    Paper provided by The World Bank in its series Policy Research Working Paper Series with number 258.

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    Date of creation: 30 Sep 1989
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    Handle: RePEc:wbk:wbrwps:258

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    Keywords: Environmental Economics&Policies; Early Child and Children's Health; Health Economics&Finance; Health Monitoring&Evaluation; Poverty Assessment;

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    Cited by:
    1. Laura B. Rawlings & Lynne Sherburne-Benz & Julie van Domelen, 2004. "Evaluating Social Funds : A Cross-Country Analysis of Community Investments," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 15057.
    2. Serrano, Emma Estela Saavedra, 2008. "The Impact of International Cooperation on Rural Producer Organizations: Case Study of a Dairy Association in Bolivia," 2008 International Congress, August 26-29, 2008, Ghent, Belgium 44410, European Association of Agricultural Economists.
    3. fyvie, Claire & Ager, Alastair, 1999. "NGOs and Innovation: Organizational Characteristics and Constraints in Development Assistance Work in The Gambia," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 27(8), pages 1383-1395, August.
    4. Foreit, Karen G., 1992. "Private sector approaches to effective family planning," Policy Research Working Paper Series 940, The World Bank.

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