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Non-profit extension in rural Cameroon: a study of demand and supply determinants

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  • Roland Azibo Balgah

Purpose - The paper is aimed at examining the correspondence between the demand-side and supply-side determinants of the existence of non-profit firms. Design/methodology/approach - The case study approach is used to compare the demand-side and supply-side determinants for a single non-profit organization in rural Cameroon. Findings - It is shown that the supply-side determinants of the examined non-profit organization, while interrelated with the demand-side determinants, are not reducible to these. Research limitations/implications - This finding implies the need to steer a middle course between those theoretical approaches that assume no integration between the demand-side and supply-side determinants, and those that assume complete integration between these. Originality/value - The current non-profit economics literature, represented by the above approaches, tends to assume away the complex interaction between the demand-side and supply-side rationales of non-profit organization. The contribution of the present paper is to highlight the limitations of this assumption.

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Article provided by Emerald Group Publishing in its journal International Journal of Social Economics.

Volume (Year): 37 (2010)
Issue (Month): 5 (April)
Pages: 391-399

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Handle: RePEc:eme:ijsepp:v:37:y:2010:i:5:p:391-399
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  1. Vladislav Valentinov, 2009. "Managerial nonpecuniary preferences in the market failure theories of nonprofit organisation," International Journal of Social Economics, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 36(1/2), pages 81-92, January.
  2. Susan Rose-Ackerman, 1996. "Altruism, Nonprofits, and Economic Theory," Journal of Economic Literature, American Economic Association, vol. 34(2), pages 701-728, June.
  3. Bamou, Ernest & Masters, William A., 2007. "Distortions to Agricultural Incentives in Cameroon," Agricultural Distortions Working Paper 48518, World Bank.
  4. Vladislav Valentinov, 2009. "Managerial nonpecuniary preferences in the market failure theories of nonprofit organisation," International Journal of Social Economics, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 36(1), pages 81-92, January.
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