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Title: Government-NGO collaboration in poverty alleviation in rural areas : a policy study in Bangladesh
Author: Chowdhury, Shymal Kanti
ISNI:       0000 0004 2699 1922
Awarding Body: University of East London
Current Institution: University of East London
Date of Award: 2007
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Collaborative programmes between Government and NGOs have been identified as an effective mechanism to alleviate poverty in developing countries. This policy study explores the collaboration in programmes of rural agricultural improvements in Bangladesh to assess the benefits received by the target groups of village farmers and the poor women and the outcome of the collaborative process. This research carried out interview with 45 persons from the partner organisations like NGOs and the implementing government organisations, the international donor, and officials of the executing ministry. The study is based on these semi-structured interviews, and participatory research from 14 villages representing different parts of Bangladesh. The findings indicated that the NGOs were not involved until the implementation stage and, therefore, so had not been able to engage the poor people in a participatory process of planning, but in some cases the government officials at grass root level were effective in selecting competent participants. In some respect, the participants received better services from the grass-root level government officials than NGOs, though in some cases the expertise of the field level government officials regarding technical services was undermined. However, a good network of relationship among the field officials of partner organisations and the participants was underway in some cases. Lack of co-ordination, monitoring, and communication prevailed in the overall project management activities, which resulted in severe delay in the distribution of donor's fund for the NGOs. As a result participants dropped out in a few cases. Nevertheless, the study found an improvement in income as well as in the position of the poor people in the rural society. This raises a policy dilemma in that overall the programmes benefited their target populations even though some aspects of collaborative mechanisms have not worked well in some cases.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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