Engaging with the communities : NGOs in Northern Ghana's development drive

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Title: Engaging with the communities : NGOs in Northern Ghana's development drive
Author: Musah, Iddrisu
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute of Development Studies
Date: 2009-05-06
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/16360
Thesis level: master's thesis
Abstract: Emergence of the third sector of Non-governmentalism has created a situation of partnership and cooperation in the two worlds; the developed and the developing, with the goal of ameliorating the ills in society. Where as NGOs in one divide have been showered with all sort of accolades such as magic bullets , new sociological reality, and micro- organism of the democratic process, in another, they have come under heavy criticism on issues bordering accountability with respect to financial irregularities. Against this backdrop is the purpose of the study which aims at bringing into limelight activities of NGOs in rural communities to enable actors in development better understand what actual happens in the field of development work at the grassroots level, in order to factor into their cooperation and partnership issues that will possible lead to the development of beneficiary communities. The study looks at the engagement of development NGOs in rural communities of the northern region of Ghana as they contribute to state efforts in development. As a result, the materials of the research came from varied but complementary ethnographic research methods, pioneered by interviews with actors in the field. These included documents in the form of reports, visits to communities and observations as well as recording interviewees facilitated by research guide, ultimately gathering information that underpins the frameworks on Nongovernmental organizations and community in development. Consequently, finding from the field attest to nongovernmental organizations in the northern region of Ghana contributes their widow mite to development in programme areas of advocacy and service delivery. In addition, projects of NGOs in rural settings received general acceptance, and the relationship within the divide appeared cordial. The recognition of community roles in development by organizations could not be underestimated. However, the lack of capacity to source funding internally and locally post some danger in the immediate future to these organizations. They therefore relied heavenly on donor partners for funding. Moreover, facilitation of development was carried out in an integrated fashion, and four main strategies were found to be used by NGOs in selecting communities for development projects at the grassroots level. The strategies vary but that depends on the situation and the environment. Interesting, the organizations and especially the actors in the field faced numerous challenges contrary to the wild perception and notion in the Ghanaian public domain.
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Discipline: Development Studies

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