About the Book :
In the last decades the role, recognition and importance of Non-Governmental Development Organisations in development cooperation has increased significantly, both in the North and South. Although a number of these organisations depend strongly on national governments or international establishments, they do, in practice, command an appreciable autonomy. The growth of this sector took place in a period in which development paradigms and policies changed significantly. The New Policy Agenda (neo - liberal development model in combination with liberal democracy) has become the dominant paradigm. The fact that many in the NGDO-sector have embraced the New Policy Agenda is, according the authors, rather paradoxical while the 'Western civilisation project' finds itself in a deep crisis; in a number of places western dominance is heavily resisted; many development organisations in the North experience a 'mid-life crisis'. In this provocative book the authors examine the strength and weaknesses, opportunity and threats of private development organisations from North and South. Important issues such as the effectiveness of organisations, contribution to grass root democracy and the relationships between agencies from the South and North are examined in depth.
About Author :
Fons van der Velden is director of "Context, International Cooperation" (research, advice and training) in Utrecht, the Netherlands and Head of the Post Graduate Course Development Studies of the Centre for International Development Issues Nijmegen (University of Nijmegen, the Netherlands). He has done extensive fieldwork in India and numerous assignments in sub-Saharan Africa. He is the (co)-author of several publications about Dutch private investments and foreign aid, including Regional Development and the International Division of Labour, also published by Concept Publishing Company.
Lau Schulpen defended his Ph. D. thesis entitled The Same Difference-A Comparative Analysis of Dutch Aid Channels to India in 1997. Afterwards he continued his work as lecturer/researcher at the Centre for International Development Issues Nijmegen (University of Nijmegen, the Netherlands). In recent yeas he has conducted (further) research in such fields as poverty reduction (mainly India), partnership, and private sector development. Presently he is, among other things, involved in research concerning the role of non governmental development organisations within civil society in India.