Non-Governmental Organisations and the State in Latin by Anthony Bebbington

By Anthony Bebbington

This ebook bargains 20 specifically commissioned case reviews of Latin American agricultural improvement plans initiated through non-governmental businesses and regarding farmer participation.

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1 The implication is that research systems as currently organized are not likely to generate technologies appropriate to the needs and circumstances of the rural poor farming in socalled complex, diverse and risk-prone environments (Chambers et al. 1989). This situation is undesirable on equity grounds. It also implies that research systems are, as traditionally structured, ill equipped to respond to the principal pillars of contemporary development programmes and aid policy: democratization, poverty alleviation, sustainable development and economic growth.

In an evaluation of thirty different projects, Carroll (1992) scored NGOs higher than MSOs on the counts of effectiveness, wider impact, innovativeness and poverty reach; and Lehmann observed that: popular organizations tend to be small and financially dependent, and to have difficulty in sustaining a long life span, being plagued by fluctuating membership and unstable leadership…. Excessive faith in the managerial potential of grassroots organizations may breed disillusion both among intended beneficiaries of their activities and also among those who pay the bills.

The full names of these NGOs and case study titles are given in Annex 1. In this sense, our sample was not representative—there exists a multitude of NGOs which are much weaker, smaller and less progressive than the NGOs analysed here. Because of this, some care is needed in interpreting and generalizing from our findings. 6 ● NGO coordinating bodies. Finally, we selected some cases of NGO coordinating bodies, institutions that have become increasingly important in the last decade. These are organizations which facilitate communication between different NGOs and may also seek to link their actions.

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