Monday, 6 December 1999

From "Role of non-govermental organizations"

In Companion to development studies, p. 495.

In the past, goverments of developing countries were seen as spearheading the developent process. However, such paternalism reached its limits when it became clear that governments did not have the financial resources to pay for the essential services of the poor and lacked the organizational expertise to be effective. In such an environment, the important role for NGOs in the last two decades has been in mitigating the adverse costs of structural adjustment and promoting donor reform packages in offering insurance against a political backlash against harsh adjustment regimes.

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