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NGOs and the state in Ghana and India: an exploration of new NGO-state relationships and their impact on poverty eradication programmes

A research project of the Department of Anthropology, part of the Anthropology in Development research group.


The project explores the interface between NGOs (Non-Government Organisations, here including Grass Roots Organisations) and the state in Ghana and India. The goal is to explore the changing impact of NGO-state relationships on current poverty eradication programmes. As a result of the good governance agenda, NGOs are repositioning themselves in response to a) the focus on the poor, including Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers, b) sector-wide approaches (SWAPs) and c) new 'partnerships' between NGOs and the state.

The project will establish the resulting changes in NGO-state relationships and will examine the contexts within which such relationships impact upon poverty programmes. The study will employ a qualitative methodology to examine NGO, state and donor perspectives.


From the Department of Anthropology