International Development Planning Review

Whose ideas? Field workers' views on non-governmental organisations' policies in Bangladesh

International Development Planning Review (2003), 25, (1), 67–84.

Abstract

Field workers should be the movers and shakers of their non-governmental organisations (NGOs). They implement NGO policies, but unfortunately they are rarely consulted during the making of these policies. Their problems and opinions remain unheard, or are not accounted for. This article presents their voices and views, based on research in Bangladesh. Field workers face professional problems, such as a lack of promotion opportunities and unwanted transfers. They also face problems specific to their NGOs, including top-heavy administration and/or bureaucracy, involvement in politics, the sustainability of local groups, and competition between NGOs for clients. The article concludes that field workers should be empowered to make NGOs more effective, and thus more useful to the poor and the disadvantaged.

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Ahmad, Mokbul Morshed