The Politics of Development Cooperation: NGOs, Gender and Partnership in Kenya

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Psychology Press, 1997 - Business & Economics - 237 pages
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This volume is concerned with the politics of inter-organizational development co-operation, examining issues of power, autonomy, and dependence. Focusing on Kenya and in particular on Maendeleo Ya Wanawake (MYWO), the largest national women's organization, and its partners in its relational environment, this book probes the relationships between foreign donors, grassroots development organizations and governments. The author examines whether it is possible for the West and the developing world to be engaged in genuine development partnerships, the influence which resource contributions, financial and technical have on agenda formulation and compromises, and whether organizations such as MYWO are truly NGOs, as they claim to be, or whether they remain an extension of the state exploited by patriarchal party politics. Gender is central to the analysis of this book with issues reflecting and reintroducing the politics of unequal resources in development co-operative partnerships. Differences in status among women are also systematically examined because the politics of development affect elite and grassroots women differently.
  

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
BRIDGING LITERATURE GAPS FRAMING THE PROBLEM OF THE POLITICS OF DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION
9
THE EVOLUTION OF MYWO FROM 1952 TO 1992
45
A CHANGING RESEARCH METHODOLOGY AMID POLITICAL VOLATILITY ENVIRONMENTAL UNCERTAINTY AND A CULTURE OF F...
89
RESEARCH FINDINGS A BARRAGE OF CONTRADICTIONS
108
THE WEB OF DECEIT GRASSROOTS DEVELOPMENT CAUGHT?
143
Hypotheses
169
Subhypotheses
170
Key variables and their definitions
172
Survey instrument lists of openended questions
175
Foreign donors
179
Kenyan government ministries
183
Notes
185
Bibliography
214
Index
229
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