Juxtaposing Doers and Helpers in Development

Posted: 28 Dec 2009

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Henry Mintzberg

McGill University - Desautels Faculty of Management

Nidhi Srinivas

The New School

Date Written: January 2010


A classic part of the community development process is people facing an acute economic or social problem connecting with others specializing in conceptual solutions. For example, South Asian villagers confronting chronic poverty may work with non-governmental organizations offering micro-credit schemes. These are two sides of the development relationship, the doers and the helpers. While the doers face problems that are unique to themselves, the helpers offer solutions that tend to be generic, applicable to a variety of contexts. In this paper we seek to bring some conceptual clarity to the relationships between doers and helpers in development, with a focus on the social sector that operates between business and government. We present a typology of the organizational forms involved in development, and then look at the gaps between helpers and doers and the approaches used to bridge them.

Suggested Citation

Mintzberg, Henry and Srinivas, Nidhi, Juxtaposing Doers and Helpers in Development (January 2010). Community Development Journal, Vol. 45, Issue 1, pp. 39-57, 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1528289 or http://dx.doi.org/bsp002

Henry Mintzberg (Contact Author)

McGill University - Desautels Faculty of Management ( email )

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Montreal, Quebec H3A1G5 H3A 2M1

Nidhi Srinivas

The New School ( email )

66 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10011
United States

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