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Trapped? Understandings of Financial Partnerships among local Development NGOs and Donors in Cameroon

Hentschel, Ann-Kathrin LU (2011) MIDM70 20111
LUMID International Master programme in applied International Development and Management
Abstract
This study aimed at exploring the understandings of financial partnerships among local non-governmental development organizations (LNGDOs) and donors in Cameroon. Research took place in Yaounde and the North-West Region in November and December 2010. Qualitative interviews with LNGDOs, donors and key informants as well as two focus groups have served as main data source. Analytically, the concepts of NGO funding, partnership as well as a discursive approach have been employed in order to study the implications international funding has for LNGDOs in Cameroon, to research how LNGDOs and international donors perceive and understand their financial partnership and to explore in what ways national financing would affect the collaboration... (More)
This study aimed at exploring the understandings of financial partnerships among local non-governmental development organizations (LNGDOs) and donors in Cameroon. Research took place in Yaounde and the North-West Region in November and December 2010. Qualitative interviews with LNGDOs, donors and key informants as well as two focus groups have served as main data source. Analytically, the concepts of NGO funding, partnership as well as a discursive approach have been employed in order to study the implications international funding has for LNGDOs in Cameroon, to research how LNGDOs and international donors perceive and understand their financial partnership and to explore in what ways national financing would affect the collaboration between LNGDOs and sponsors. My findings revealed a reliance of LNGDOs on international funding, which has created a high external dependency. Both LNGDOs and international donors engage in the partnership discourse. As a result, both sides perceive gaps in their partnership, which might stem from the discrepancy between the actors expectations towards the collaboration, and the experienced reality of support agreements. At the moment, domestic funding cannot provide an alternative to the collaboration with international donors. Moreover, it is unlikely that a change to national sources of income would close the gaps. (Less)
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author
Hentschel, Ann-Kathrin LU
supervisor
organization
course
MIDM70 20111
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type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
Cameroon, Partnership, Non-Governmental Organizations, Development Assistance, Corruption, Local Ownership, Financial Sustainability
language
English
id
1966918
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2011-09-13 10:02:29
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  abstract     = {This study aimed at exploring the understandings of financial partnerships among local non-governmental development organizations (LNGDOs) and donors in Cameroon. Research took place in Yaounde and the North-West Region in November and December 2010. Qualitative interviews with LNGDOs, donors and key informants as well as two focus groups have served as main data source. Analytically, the concepts of NGO funding, partnership as well as a discursive approach have been employed in order to study the implications international funding has for LNGDOs in Cameroon, to research how LNGDOs and international donors perceive and understand their financial partnership and to explore in what ways national financing would affect the collaboration between LNGDOs and sponsors. My findings revealed a reliance of LNGDOs on international funding, which has created a high external dependency. Both LNGDOs and international donors engage in the partnership discourse. As a result, both sides perceive gaps in their partnership, which might stem from the discrepancy between the actors expectations towards the collaboration, and the experienced reality of support agreements. At the moment, domestic funding cannot provide an alternative to the collaboration with international donors. Moreover, it is unlikely that a change to national sources of income would close the gaps.},
  author       = {Hentschel, Ann-Kathrin},
  keyword      = {Cameroon,Partnership,Non-Governmental Organizations,Development Assistance,Corruption,Local Ownership,Financial Sustainability},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Trapped? Understandings of Financial Partnerships among local Development NGOs and Donors in Cameroon},
  year         = {2011},
}