The 'partnership' between international NGOs (non-governmental organisations) and local NGOs in Bangladesh
'Partnership' has become a standard buzzword in the NGO and 'development' world. Until 1980s it was common for many Northern NGOs (NNGOs) to implement their own 'development' programmes and projects. This implementation approach has shifted to one in which local 'partner' organisations are identified and do most of the work, with the NNGOs in a funding and organisational support role. Also many Northern donors started funding the Southern NGOs directly making many NNGOs irrelevant. This paper reviews the current literature on 'partnership' between Northern and Southern NGOs and concludes that the new role of the NNGOs in the North should be to work with governments and business to change policies which create poverty in both the North and the South. It also examines the 'partnership' between a NNGO (Save the Children (UK)) and local NGOs in Bangladesh. There are probably more and bigger NGOs in Bangladesh than in any other country of its size. This paper concludes that in Bangladesh the relationship is led by the financial constraints of the NNGOs not by any intention to build partnership. In other words it is 'donorship' rather than 'partnership'. Copyright © 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Volume (Year): 18 (2006)
Issue (Month): 5 ()
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