Non-Governmental Organizations, Management and Development
By David Lewis
Routledge – 2014 – 336 pages
Routledge – 2014 – 336 pages
Non-Governmental Development Organizations have seen turbulent times over the decades; however recent years have seen them grow to occupy high profile positions in the fight against poverty. They are now seen as an important element of ‘civil society’, a concept that has been given increasing importance by global policy makers. This book has evolved during the course of that period to be a prime resource for those working (or wishing to work) with and for NGOs.
The third edition of Non-Governmental Organizations, Management and Development is fully updated and thoroughly reorganized covering key issues including, but not limited to, debates on the changing global context of international development and the changing concepts and practices used by NGOs. The interdisciplinary approach employed by David Lewis results in an impressive text drawing upon current research in non-pro?t management, development management, public management and management theory, exploring the activities, relationships and internal structure of the NGO.
This book remains the first and only comprehensive and academically-grounded guide to the issues facing international development NGOs as they operate in increasingly complex and challenging conditions around the world. It is the perfect resource for students undertaking studies of NGOs and the non-profit sector, in addition to being an excellent resource for development studies students more generally.
Praise for The Management of Non-Governmental Development Organizations, 2e:
'I discovered David Lewis’ book two years ago when scanning the literature for textbooks on the topic of NGO management. I realized as soon as I started reading it that it filled a gap in the current literature on the subject. David Lewis introduces scholars and students to the key issues related to NGO management in a manner that is so comprehensive in scope yet so readable that one gains a broad knowledge of the subject yet a great appreciation for the details that so often derail NGO managers in their quest to achieve the mission of the organization. I have used this book twice in my class and my students have come to appreciate the seriousness with which David Lewis approaches the subject. I will continue to use this book without qualification in future classes. It is a must read for scholars because of the breadth of literature covered and for students because it gives them an in-depth view of the complexity of the subject and provides examples of how that complexity plays itself out in the day-to-day realities of NGO life.' - Ann Marie Thomson, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University Bloomington, USA
'As a textbook, Lewis’ book succeeds as a comprehensive overview of NGOs, in addition to providing the tools for further examination of NGO management. Lewis makes full use of his extensive reading, with an impressive biography invaluable to newcomers to the field, and potentially useful to even well-versed researchers.' - Tanya Jakimow (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, Australia)
Part I: The Conceptualization of NGO Management 1. Introduction2. Framing NGO Management3. The NGO Management Debate4. Concepts, Histories and Contexts Part II: The Theory of NGOManagement 5. NGOs and the Development Context6. NGO Roles in Development7. Organization Theory, Ambiguity and NGO Management8. Culture and Organization Part III: The Practice of NGO Management 9. Service Delivery, Advocacy, Innovation and Evaluation10. NGOs and the Management of Relationships11. NGOs and the Dynamics of Internal Management12. Conclusion: NGO Management and the Future
David Lewis is professor of social policy and development at the London School of Economics and Political Science. A social anthropologist by training, he has degrees from the Universities of Cambridge and Bath. His main interests are the theory and practice of international development, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and civil society, and rural development