Balancing Autonomy and Dependence for Community and Nongovernmental Organizations
Prior studies have emphasized the dangers of dependence when community organizations seek nongovernmental organization (NGO) support. This article emphasizes that community group autonomy can undermine the effectiveness of assistance. Furthermore, and contrary to expectations, community group autonomy can contribute to suspicion of NGOs, weaken grassroots influence over them, and move NGOs away from serving grassroots needs.
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