A draft of this paper was presented at the ‘Symposium on Governance and the Eradication of Poverty: New Perspectives from Multidisciplinary Analysis,’ 20–22 October 2011, Yonsei University, South Korea (via videoconferencing).
Special Issue Article
THE SCOPE OF NGOS AND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME DESIGN: APPLICATION TO PROBLEMS OF MULTIDIMENSIONAL POVERTY
Article first published online: 1 OCT 2012
Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Public Administration and Development
Special Issue: GOVERNANCE AND THE ERADICATION OF POVERTY: NEW PERSPECTIVES FROM MULTIDISCIPLINARY ANALYSIS
Volume 32, Issue 4-5, pages 357–370, October-December 2012
How to Cite
Smith, S. C. (2012), THE SCOPE OF NGOS AND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME DESIGN: APPLICATION TO PROBLEMS OF MULTIDIMENSIONAL POVERTY. Public Admin. Dev., 32: 357–370. doi: 10.1002/pad.1635
- Issue published online: 1 OCT 2012
- Article first published online: 1 OCT 2012
- economics of organisation;
- organisational comparative advantage;
- economies of scope;
In this study, basic questions concerning the scope and structure of organisations working on development and poverty activities are addressed. Under what conditions is work on many or few poverty problems by a single organisation warranted? Moreover, for a given organisational scope, how many issues and in what combinations are best in a specific programme? How are these choices related? How does ‘inheriting’ an organisational structure, that is difficult (very costly) to change, influence choices concerning programme type? The application of the economics of organisation yields useful insights into non-governmental organisation (NGO) structure and activities, revealing opposing forces that may lead NGOs to diversify either excessively, or inadequately. NGOs working in the poverty field are a natural focus for this research because poverty is a multidimensional problem with potential (or contingent) complementarities across dimensions. Perspectives on activity choices such as child sponsorship and microfinance emerge from this broader context. Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.