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In the last ten years, NGOs have become a force for transformation in global politics and economics. Their numbers and size have grown dramatically and they have assumed far more extensive responsibilities as intermediaries between governments, businesses and other institutions, and local communities and citizens. With this growth has come an ever-more pressing requirement for effective management among NGOs and their operations.
Focusing on development organizations working on issues of poverty and injustice, but relevant to NGOs in all sectors, this volume brings together a selection of key writings on how NGOs can position and organize themselves to achieve maximum impact and effectiveness. The editors set out the management challenges facing NGOs in a stimulating Introduction followed by a range of contributions divided into ten sets of issues.
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Editorial Reviews

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The book is a useful contribution not only for NGO practitioners, but for others who interface with NGOs as well.'
Development Policy Review
Edwards (director, Ford Foundation's Governance and Civil Society Unit) and Fowler (co-founder, NGO Training and Research Center) present a reader on research into the management of non-governmental development organizations (a subset of non-profit organizations). Originally published between 1992 and 2000, 30 chapters look at how top NGDO management can properly mobilize their organization and its resources to achieve organizational goals. The major themes of the work are visions, values, and roles; strategy, scaling-up and advocacy; managing growth and change; strengthening governance and accountability; organizing for good development practice; methods of measuring achievement; becoming a learning organization; dealing with gender; and human resource management. Distributed by Stylus. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781853838484
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/28/2002
  • Series: Earthscan Reader Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 478
  • Sales rank: 1,223,514
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 1.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Edwards is the director of the Ford Foundation's Governance and Civil Society Unit in New York, having worked in international development for the last 20 years. He is the author of Future Positive: International Co-operation in the 21st Century and co-editor (with John Gaventa) of Global Citizen Action.

Alan Fowler is a consultant, analyst and writer who has worked for over 20 years with international development NGOs in Africa, Asia and the United States. He is author of Striking a Balance: A Guide to Enhancing the Effectiveness of NGOs in International Development and The Virtuous Spiral: A Guide to Sustainability for NGOs in International Development.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Changing Challenges for NGDO Management
• Part 1: Visions, Values and Roles
• Part 2: Strategy, Scaling-up and Advocacy
• Part 3: Developing the Organization: Managing Growth, Change and Structure
• Part 4: Strengthening Governance and Accountability
• Part 5: Organizing for Good Development Practice: Participation, Empowerment, Partnering and Capacity-building
• Part 6: Measuring Achievement: Approaches and Methods
• Part 7: Becoming a Learning Organization
• Part 8: Mobilizing Resources and Sustaining the Organization
• Part 9: Dealing with Gender
• Part 10: Human Resources: their Management, Development and Leadership
• Index

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