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Striking a Balance: A Guide to Enhancing the Effectiveness of Non- Governmental Organisations in International Development

By: Alan Fowler

298 pages, Tabs


Paperback | Dec 1997 | #60594 | ISBN: 1853833258
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Written for NGDO leaders, managers, donors, and those with an academic interest, the book summarises the major tasks of sustainable people-centred development, describing five factors which influence effectiveness: suitable organisational design; competent leadership and human resources; appropriate external relationships; mobilisation of high quality finance; and the measurement of performance coupled to `learning for leverage'. |Details are given of the capacities needed in each area and how they can be assessed and improved.

'An immensely useful "how to" tool for NGO leaders in development. One of the most powerful themes is the achievement potential of interaction between governments and NGOs. This book is an invaluable guide to both sides on how to achieve and what to expect from this bridging.' -- John D. Clark, Senior NGO Specialist, The World Bank


Part 1 The Game and the Players: Understanding international development; Understanding development NGOs. Part 2 NGDO: Being and Doing in Development; NGDO capacity for development; NGDO people, leadership and management; Making NGDO relationships effective; Mobilizing financial resources; Assessing development impact and organizational performance. Part 3 Improving and Moving On: Growing development capacities; The future in the balance.

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Alan Fowler has been working with NGDOs for over 20 years as a manager, consultant, donor, wirter, researcher, and as a Visiting Fellow at the World Bank and the Society for Participatory Research in Asia. In 1991, he co-founded the International NGO Training and Research Centre (INTRAC).

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