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Department of Anthropology

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Publication details for Professor Gina Porter

Porter, G. (2003). NGOs and poverty reduction in a globalizing world: perspectives from Ghana. Progress in Development Studies 3(2): 131-145.

Author(s) from Durham


This paper is concerned with the factors that influence and constrain NGO contributions to poverty reduction in a globalizing world, focusing on their role as transmitters of grounded knowledge about poverty in very poor countries. Interviews with staff in 33 NGOs in Ghana, a country where the NGO sector is heavily dependent on overseas funding, indicate that local understandings about poverty are being overridden by so-called programmes of partnership support that erode local confidence in home-grown ideas about poverty and how to combat it. This is illustrated by reference to the common donor preference for working with groups and for ‘Asian’ development approaches