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n AfricaGrowth Agenda - Are NGO's in sub-Saharan Africa promoting economic independence or perpetuating dependence?

Volume 2011, Issue 7
  • ISSN : 1811-5187

Abstract

Sub-Saharan Africa has been experiencing a phenomenon rise in NGOs at the turn of the millennium. Some of the NGOs come to help the vulnerable groups, the orphanages. Despite the large visible presence of NGOs in Sub Saharan Africa, poverty levels continue to rise alarmingly in areas were paradoxically their presence is highly concentrated. This brings to question as to the extent to which NGOs activities are a success in long term poverty alleviation. Are NGOs merely promoting a culture of donor dependence which perpetuates poverty as it becomes difficult to break the cycle of poverty? There have been a significant proportion of aid that has been coming from official sources. Britain's Department for International Development (DflD) allocates around eight per cent of its aid budget to NGOs. The US government transfers nearly 40 per cent of its aid programme through NGOs. The scale of official funding has increased considerably over the past two decades. The British Government increased its funding of NGOs by almost 400 per cent to 68.7 million. NGOs in Australia, Finland, Norway and Sweden all saw similar increases in official funding from the early 1980s onwards. With all this money pouring in a number of NGOs have mushroomed all around Sub-Saharan but still poverty levels are worsening. The paper looks at the background on NGOs activities in Africa, the Impact of Millennium development goals in fighting poverty, the influence that major financiers play in directing funding and the Policies meant to fight poverty.

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2011-07-01
2020-09-30

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