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Adaptability in NGO-projects: Learnings from NGO-projects managing food security in unstable environments
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The shift to a human security perspective has put food security on the agenda in development cooperation. In this world private actors are increasing their presence and a larger amount of aid is channeled through these organizations. However, there are little studies made on private actors in development cooperation, especially NGOs. The purpose of this study is therefore to deal with the theoretical uncertainty of NGO assistance and develop existing theory in order to confirm or dismiss previous assumptions. Previous research stress that NGO-projects are adaptable i.e. ability to change and adjust to manage sudden challenges, such as conflict. To what extent are NGO-projects to be classified as having adaptable project structures, and how is that manifested in aid within the area of food security? An ideal type was set up to measure adaptability involving three indicators: flexible, responsive, and inclusive. The empirical material was collected through interviews with project staff and project reports. The projects showed higher levels of adaptability than expected, also when controlling for two other cases. An adaptable project is recognized by its decentralized decision-structure, flexible budget, quick response, and access to remote areas. 

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2017. , p. 66
Keywords [en]
NGOs, private actors, development cooperation, non-governmental aid, adaptability, human security, food security, conflict, climate change
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Globalisation Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-339566OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-339566DiVA, id: diva2:1176131
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Development Studies
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Master Programme in Political Science
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Available from: 2018-01-22 Created: 2018-01-20 Last updated: 2018-01-22Bibliographically approved

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