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Field presence of Dutch NGOs : what is the impact on civil societies in the south? : final report


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Abstract: The motivation and impact of field presence of Dutch NGOs in the South was analysed from four angles: (1) the trend towards the structural decentralisation of development organisations; (2) the analysis of changes in the international aid chain generated by the establishment of field presence of Dutch NGOs in the South; (3) the tension between institutional and developmental imperatives facing NGOs; and (4) the five capabilities on which systemic capacity rests: the capability to act, to generate development results, to relate, to adapt and self-renew, and to achieve coherence. The positive and negative effects for civil society actors in the South make the decision on field presence a difficult one. The positive effects in terms of institutional imperatives only appear when worked out deliberately and while the negative impacts can be dampened. All in all, the crucial point is not whether to establish field presence in the South or not, but rather what those offices or officers would be doing. If what they do is mainly supporting Southern NGOs from a distance and without tampering their independence, then there will be more positive than negative effects for the civil society actors in the South. All in all, it means not taking actions in line with the institutional imperatives alone but considering the development imperatives as well.
Authors: Gómez, G.M.
Category: General
Keywords: non-governmental organizations , management , capacity building
Language: eng
Organization: PSO - Capacity Building in Developing Countries
PAGE: 28
Place: [The Hague]
Publisher: [PSO]
Year: 2008
Right: © 2008 PSO
Subject: Development Cooperation General
Title: Field presence of Dutch NGOs : what is the impact on civil societies in the south? : final report