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NGOs and African grassroots community organisations in Australia

Third Sector Review
Volume 21 Issue 1 (Jun 2015)

Abstract: In the mid-1990s the Australian federal government started to outsource social services to non-governmental organisations (NGOs), creating new institutional relationships between NGOs and governments and inf luencing the ways NGOs operate. While much has been written about the effect of this change on NGOs, little attention has been paid to how this new way of operating has affected the communities with whom NGOs work. This paper draws on data from an ethnographic study of African community organisations in three Australian states (Tasmania, South Australia and Victoria) between 2010 and 2012. Findings reveal that grassroots community organisations' relationships with NGOs are affected by the way that NGOs work with governments. While NGOs seek to support and empower disadvantaged communities, the structural constraints they face often create relationships that are disempowering for these communities in practice.

To cite this article: Hiruy, Kiros and Eversole, Robyn. NGOs and African grassroots community organisations in Australia [online]. Third Sector Review, Vol. 21, No. 1, Jun 2015: 143-159. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=343391157733099;res=IELAPA> ISSN: 1323-9163. [cited 23 Jun 17].

Personal Author: Hiruy, Kiros; Eversole, Robyn; Source: Third Sector Review, Vol. 21, No. 1, Jun 2015: 143-159 DOI: Document Type: Journal Article ISSN: 1323-9163 Subject: Non-governmental organizations--Evaluation; Contracting out--Government policy; Community organization--Social aspects; Non-governmental organizations--Management; Peer Reviewed: Yes

Database: APAFT