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ADS711 - Non-government Organisations and Development

Unit details

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Year2014 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Previously coded as:


Unit chair:A Ware



For students who commenced prior to 2014: Nil

For students who commenced from 2014: ADS701 for students enrolled in courses A511, A611 or A727

Incompatible with:



Online teaching methods require internet access. You will need to access substantial learning resources and experiences in CloudDeakin (Deakin’s online learning environment). Compliance with the Standards in computing, connectivity and student capability are a condition on your enrolment.


This is a guided research unit, supported by an interpretive essay and an associated set of readings representing the wider literatures.

Topics to be addressed in this unit include:

  • the definition of an NGO;
  • types of NGOs;
  • trends in the number and size of First WorId NGOs;
  • trends in the number and size of Third World NGOs;
  • history of the role of NGOs in development;
  • competing ideas on the evolving role of NGOs;
  • gender and NGOs;
  • the environment and NGOs;
  • the effectiveness of NGOs and grassroots organisations;
  • NGOs as change agents;
  • NGOs as pressure groups, sources of countervailing power and lobbyists;
  • reconciling the role of donor and indigenous NGOs;
  • comparative advantage of NGOs.


One 1000 word book review 40%

One 4000 word essay 60%

Unit Fee Information

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