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French NGOs in the Global Era: Professionalization 'Without Borders'?

Cumming, Gordon David 2008. French NGOs in the Global Era: Professionalization 'Without Borders'? VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations 19 (4) , pp. 372-394. 10.1007/s11266-008-9069-5

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This article asks whether French NGOs have fallen into line with the wider trend towards professionalization that has marked the Northern nonprofit sector, most notably Anglo-American NGOs, over the last two decades or so. It shows how French NGOs, particularly those engaged in longer term development work, were characterized by militancy over the early post-colonial decades. It then demonstrates how, over the global era, the French state has encouraged developmental NGOs (NGDOs) to undertake bureaucratic forms of professionalization. Next, it looks at how these organizations have, in response, adapted their staffing, structures, and procedures, whilst stopping short of overly standardized forms of development. Finally, it shows how French NGDOs have, in eschewing “technical professionalism”, been acting in line with resource dependence theory and responding to the demands of their critical resource, which is not the French state but the donor public and their grassroots supporters.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Modern Languages
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DC France
J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Uncontrolled Keywords: Developmental NGOs - Professionalization - Evaluation - Development education - Resource dependence theory - France
Publisher: Springer
ISSN: 0957-8765
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 02:09

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