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The 'partnership' between international NGOs (non-governmental organisations) and local NGOs in Bangladesh


  • Mokbul Morshed Ahmad

    (Regional and Rural Development Planning, School of Environment, Resources and Development, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand)


'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.

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  • Mokbul Morshed Ahmad, 2006. "The 'partnership' between international NGOs (non-governmental organisations) and local NGOs in Bangladesh," Journal of International Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 18(5), pages 629-638.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:jintdv:v:18:y:2006:i:5:p:629-638 DOI: 10.1002/jid.1251

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    1. Steve Kayizzi-Mugerwa, 1998. "Africa and the donor community: from conditionality to partnership," Journal of International Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 10(2), pages 219-225.
    2. Edwards, Michael, 1999. "NGO Performance - What Breeds Success? New Evidence from South Asia," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 27(2), pages 361-374, February.
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    1. Gani Aldashev & Cecilia Navarra, 2017. "Development NGOs: Basic Facts," Working Papers ECARES ECARES 2017-36, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles.
    2. Federica VIGANO & Andrea SALUSTRI, 2015. "Matching profit and Non-profit Needs: How NPOs and Cooperative Contribute to Growth in Time of Crisis. A Quantitative Approach," Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 86(1), pages 157-178, March.

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