Courses Catalogue

Ngos And Development

ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Social Work And Social Administration, Bachelor
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. 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.

The course also examines strategies NGOs use to increase their space, influence, effectiveness, and survivability.

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.
  • Acquire understanding of basic organizational requirements for governance and management of NGOs
  • Understand the rationale for NGOs networking and the dynamics of networking.