The Management of Non-Governmental Development Organizations

The Management of Non-Governmental Development Organizations

The Management of Non-Governmental Development Organizations

The Management of Non-Governmental Development Organizations


The first edition of this book was published in 2001 by Routledge and was the first academic text on the important new emerging field of NGO management. It sets out the field for researchers with a new and original conceptual framework, contains a comprehensive review of existing literature from a variety of disciplines (including management, development studies, and social policy) and provides wide-ranging examples from the author's own practical and research experience.

New to this edition:

  • twelve new detailed case studies of NGO management issues and challenges
  • new discussion points, lessons learned and questions for debate to guide the reader through each chapter
  • definitions of key terms
  • highlighted key ideas to illustrate each chapter.

Revealing the distinctive organizational challenges faced by NGOs this second edition provides a fully updated and revised text that will prove invaluable to all those studying or working in NGOs, the voluntary sector or development studies.

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When this book was first published in 2001, I had no idea that five years later I would have the opportunity to revise and expand it in order to meet increasing interest in the field of ngo management. It has been an enjoyable, if daunting task. I have chosen to maintain the same basic structure for this second edition, but I have updated the text and included new readings wherever I have judged it appropriate. When an older reference still seems relevant, or makes its point effectively, my policy has been to leave it alone. Aside from a selective updating of the text, then, the main addition to this second edition has been to draw upon the knowledge of a range of colleagues (some of them former students) working in the ngo sector around the world who have kindly provided me with material for additional and up-to-date information for text box examples of ngo management issues. Here I am particularly grateful to Markus Ketola, Alisha Myers, Mónica Tapia, Yaaminey Mubayi, Agnes Kithikii, Stephan Judge and Armine Ishkanian. I have also benefited greatly from useful feedback on the first edition of the book provided by colleagues who have used the book. These include Daniel D’Esposito, Alnoor Ebrahim, Jo Beall, Nidhi Srivinas, Diana Mitlin, Simon Batterbury, Paul Opoku-Mensah and Tony Bebbington. I particularly thank Ann Marie Thomson for her detailed feedback, and an anonymous referee. I’m also grateful for comments from students of Ann Marie’s ngo course at the University of Indiana, including Shanna Dietz, Hansell Bourdon, Megan Hershey, Bobae Park and Rana DeBey and other anonymous contributors to my informal survey. I wish to thank Francesca Heslop and Emma Joyes at Routledge for their commitment to and encouragement with this second edition. Finally, I could not have written this book without the love, patience and support of my partner, Nazneen Kanji.

June 2006 . . .

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