NGOs and Innovation: Organizational Characteristics and Constraints in Development Assistance Work in The Gambia

NGOs and Innovation: Organizational Characteristics and Constraints in Development Assistance... Innovation is frequently claimed to be a key attribute of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) working in the field of development. Evidence from interviews with four northern and two local NGOs implementing childcare programs in The Gambia suggests that these NGOs did indeed possess many of the organizational characteristics associated with successful innovation ( Rogers, 1983 ). Why then were their potential innovative capacities not reflected in project outcome? This paper examines some of the internal and external factors that may constrain NGO innovative activity and looks at what the innovation process can tell us about NGOs as organizations, and about the environment in which they operate. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png World Development Elsevier

NGOs and Innovation: Organizational Characteristics and Constraints in Development Assistance Work in The Gambia

World Development, Volume 27 (8) – Aug 1, 1999

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Elsevier
Copyright
Copyright © 1999 Elsevier Science Ltd
ISSN
0305-750X
eISSN
1873-5991
DOI
10.1016/S0305-750X(99)00062-5
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Abstract

Innovation is frequently claimed to be a key attribute of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) working in the field of development. Evidence from interviews with four northern and two local NGOs implementing childcare programs in The Gambia suggests that these NGOs did indeed possess many of the organizational characteristics associated with successful innovation ( Rogers, 1983 ). Why then were their potential innovative capacities not reflected in project outcome? This paper examines some of the internal and external factors that may constrain NGO innovative activity and looks at what the innovation process can tell us about NGOs as organizations, and about the environment in which they operate.

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World DevelopmentElsevier

Published: Aug 1, 1999

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