Beneficiaries’ Participation in Development Organizations Through Local Partners: A Case Study in Southern Africa

18 Pages Posted: 9 Oct 2017

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Lore Wellens

Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)

Marc Jegers

Free University of Brussels (VUB) - Micro-Economics for Profit and Non Profit Sector (MICE)

Date Written: October 2017

Abstract

In a case study of one European non‐governmental organization (NGO) (data obtained from 10 staff members in Europe and Southern Africa, and 19 representatives of local partner organizations) we investigate whether the involvement of the partners in local and ‘northern’ policy‐making affects their perception of the governance quality of their organizations and that of the European donor organization, as well as the perception of the NGO's staff members. The answer is positive as to the local organizations, but local partners (as representatives of the eventual beneficiaries) are hardly involved in decision‐making at donor level. Finally, the presence of specific participation mechanisms seems to be more affected by beneficiary country factors than by activity‐related influences.

Keywords: accountability, beneficiaries, development organizations

Suggested Citation

Wellens, Lore and Jegers, Marc, Beneficiaries’ Participation in Development Organizations Through Local Partners: A Case Study in Southern Africa (October 2017). Development Policy Review, Vol. 35, pp. O196-O213, 2017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3049103 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/dpr.12279

Lore Wellens (Contact Author)

Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) ( email )

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http://www.vub.ac.be/
Brussels, 1050
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Marc Jegers

Free University of Brussels (VUB) - Micro-Economics for Profit and Non Profit Sector (MICE) ( email )

Brussels
Belgium
+32-2-629 21 13 (Phone)
+32-2-629 22 82 (Fax)

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