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Call for applications for Ph.D. Course: Critical perspectives on NGOs in development
March 31, 2017
The objective of this interdisciplinary course is to critically analyse the changing role of NGOs in development, focusing especially on health and environment. In recent decades, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have played an increasingly dominant role in development. The growth of NGOs into a veritable global industry has been accompanied by increased professionalization and a diversification in the types of roles NGOs play in society. In some poor countries, notably in the health sector, they have largely replaced national governments, both in policy formulation and in service delivery. In international fora they exert considerable policy influence as campaigning policy advocates with increasing access to formal policy-making channels.
Against this background, the course will address questions such as:
• What roles do NGO-actors play: for example in communicating local realities to those in power, in representing civil society, or as sub-contractors to donors?
• What are their resources, and sources of power; and how is this power exercised?
• What are the wider implications of the increased influence, proliferation, and professionalization of NGOs?
Course dates: 16-18 August 2017