Courses Catalogue

Ngos And Development

ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Public Adminstration, B.Sc
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: College of Humanities and Social Sciences
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Description

The course is designed to equip students with practical and theoretical knowledge and skills that will enable them to understand, appreciate and comprehend the role of Nongovernmental organizations as key partners in the development process. It examines the typology of NGOs, and analyses push and pull factors responsible for the proliferation of NGOs with particular reference to developing countries. The course also examines two different development approaches that are the backdrop for NGOs emergence and intervention in the development arena. An analysis of the contribution of NGOs to the development process is done, and NGOs-government relationship discussed. The course also examines strategies NGOs use to increase their space, influence, effectiveness, and survivability. Attention is given to understand the basis on which NGOs engage in policy issues and the prerequisites for effective engagement. The rationale for NGOs collaborative relationships is discussed and strategies to develop sustainable networks examined.


  • To give a thorough understanding of the contested meanings of the term ‘development’ and the historical contexts and power relationships that give these meanings their legitimacy
  • To be able to outline and explain the different and relationship between material and representational inequalities that shape ‘development’
  • To comprehend the ways in which thinking about development as an outcome of representational inequality, cultural exchange and flow, and struggle holds implications for policy, political activism, and academic analysis


It is expected that by the end of this course students will;

  • Understand the differences between Growth Centered development approach and Sustainable Development approach.
  • Understand the genesis of NGOs in the development process and the historical progression in their development.
  • Analyze and appreciate the factors that determine the relationship between NGOs and Government and mechanisms employed to manage the relationship.
  • Be able to explain the rationale for NGOs engagement in policy issues, their constraints, and strategies employed to enhance their capacity for effective engagement.
  • Understand the basics of policy advocacy that are a prerequisite for effective policy engagement.
  • Be able to explain key interventions NGOs employ to build their capacity for effective participation in the development process.
  • Understand the rationale for NGOs networking and the dynamics of networking.