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The rhetoric of Partnership in development cooperation: A case study on legitimacy and resource dependency
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
2010 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 15 credits / 22,5 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The concept of partnership has emerged to highlight donor-recipient relationships within international development, where both large and small actors has adopted the concept that defines a contractual relationship on equality where partners have chosen to work collaboratively with agreed objectives, roles, and responsibilities. However, a common cited constraint to the formation of partnerships is the distorted power relationship in the form of e.g. differences in resources, motives and control between Northern and Southern partners.

The overall aim of this study is to show how the partnership rhetoric is reflected in the development cooperation between Swedish Forum Syd and two of their partner organisations in Tanzania under prevailing circumstances. In doing so, the study focuses on theories of legitimacy, resource-dependency and social control. Linked to the empirical results of the studied partnerships, the thesis attempts to examine whether a desired authentic partnership discourse really has been possible to accomplish on the ground or not. Three qualitative methods have been used in this study, semi-structured interviews, ethnographic text analyses, and participant observations. The results that have been analysed with the theoretical framework of choice, shows that it is difficult to form any "authentic partnership" when there are differences regarding power, motives, needs and access to information between the partners, which in turn are the result of scarcity of resources and the dependency on them.

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2010. , 42 p.
Keyword [en]
Partnership, Development Cooperation, Development Worker, Legitimacy, Resource dependency, Ownership
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-59880OAI: diva2:431720
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2011-09-29 Created: 2011-07-22 Last updated: 2011-09-29Bibliographically approved

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