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Title: Volunteer development in Uganda : understanding the experiences of host communities
Author: Grave, James Nicholas
ISNI:       0000 0004 7966 9363
Awarding Body: University of Leeds
Current Institution: University of Leeds
Date of Award: 2018
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Every year volunteers from the Global North utilise their discretionary time and income to travel and participate in development projects in the Global South. While this activity has been studied extensively, the ways in which these projects are experienced and perceived by the communities which host them has received significantly less attention. This thesis, therefore, explores these 'volunteer development' projects from the perspective of host communities. The research draws on 123 interviews, complimented by observation and focus groups, which were undertaken between March and September 2016, while embedded within 2 volunteer development projects facilitated by development NGOs. This thesis considers the impacts of processes of neoliberalisation within the development landscape of Uganda, exploring the ways in which more than 30 years of neoliberal reforms have influenced citizens' perceptions and experiences of development, including projects which involve volunteers. The experiences of host communities are considered through the 'community capitals' framework (Flora 2004), as a means of investigating the ways in which volunteer development can influence a host community. It is found that volunteer development can influence multiple aspects of the host community experience. The role of NGOs are considered in opening up, and consequently mediating, spaces of interactions between volunteers and the host community. The moral geographies of these encounters are investigated and the ways in which volunteer-host community interactions generate reciprocal exchanges of knowledge and skills are explored. A key finding is that when mutually-beneficial encounters are successfully achieved, volunteers can used as catalysts which mobilise the community to engage in development activities.
Supervisor: Waite, Louise ; Vanderbeck, Robert Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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