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Why Pay NGOs to Involve the Community?

  • Burger, Ronelle

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    (Stellenbosch University)

  • Dasgupta, Indraneel

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    (Indian Statistical Institute)

  • Owens, Trudy

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    (University of Nottingham)

We examine the case for donors providing financial incentives to NGOs to increase community participation. We show that, when such incentives are provided, there need not exist any meaningful relationship between beneficiary welfare and the extent of community participation implemented by an NGO. Higher community participation is consistent even with reduced beneficiary welfare. Thus, eliminating community participation from the set of conditions for funding an NGO may improve beneficiary welfare. We provide evidence from the NGO sector in Uganda consistent with our theoretical conclusions. Beneficiaries themselves do not appear to perceive community participation as generating appreciable value-addition in project output.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 8051.

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Length: 19 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2014
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Publication status: forthcoming in: Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics, 2015
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp8051
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  1. Spiros Bougheas & Indraneel Dasgupta & Oliver Morrissey, 2007. "Tough love or unconditional charity?," Oxford Economic Papers, Oxford University Press, vol. 59(4), pages 561-582, October.
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