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NGOs AND SOCIAL WELFARE
New Research Approaches
Author : David Lewis and N. Ravichandran (Eds.)
ISBN : 978-81-316-0200-3
Edition : 2008
Pages : 318
Price : Rs.775 / US$50
Binding : Hardback
Territory : World
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ABOUT THE BOOK

The non-governmental sector is a little-understood area of institutional life, and has so far received very little attention from scholars. Its increasing roles within a range of public services - health, education and rural development - have also been accompanied by a growing non-governmental ‘voice’ in the form of campaigning and advocacy within public policy at local and international levels. Yet, our understanding of the implications of the growth of the non-governmental sector, and of the trends and changes within the sector itself, remains quite limited. There is a need to consider factors like the quality of the services provided by these organizations and perceptions of service users; the implications of the growth of a set of non-profit yet commercialized service providers; the differences in the management of non-governmental organizations from other types of organizations; the changed accountability relationships between citizens and government implied by the growth of NGOs; the international dimensions of the growth of the non-governmental sector; and the wider role of NGOs as actors within wider neo-liberal economic processes. The growing profile of NGOs has both its supporters and critics. Nonetheless, this book addresses towards a set of exciting and important issues in relation to the non-governmental sector, such as the question of funding, issues relating to democratization and governance, and the management challenges in terms of building improved sustainability and more accountable public policy. It is hoped that this book will build better links between researches and NGO practitioners, in support of strengthening the potential role and contribution of NGOs to development processes.
 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR(s)

David Lewis teaches in the Department of Social Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science, London where he has specialized in research on development issues in South Asia, with a particular focus on Bangladesh. At LSE, he established the first Masters level course dedicated to the study of NGOs and development management issues in 1995. An anthropologist by background, he has published widely on development issues and has worked as a consultant for agencies such as the UK Department for International Development (DFID), Oxfam and Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC).

N. Ravichandran has specialized in the area of health system research and health policy research, and currently teaching at International Institute of Health Management Research, New Delhi. His research has addressed a range of issues related to reproductive health, maternal health, managed care and financing of non-governmental sectors. He has authored/edited many books. He is a Fellow of The Population Council and South-Asia Economic Network of Research Institutes.

 
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