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ADS711 - Non-Government Organisations and other Development Actors

Unit details

Year2016 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
Previously coded as:


EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Anthony 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:

AID611, AID711

Contact hours:

Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin.


This unit provides an in-depth exploration of the history, trends, types and roles of development agencies and other actors in the development sector.

This unit explores the role of civil society in positive change, critically evaluating the formation, role and effectiveness of 'third sector' or Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) in both Australia and internationally. It then also examines the history, diversity and effective roles of a diversity of other types of development agencies, including multilateral agencies, government agencies and donors, philanthropic trusts, for-profit contractors and corporate entities. The trajectory of interrelationships in the sector is considered, as are the roles of donors, governments, international structures, profit-making agencies, community-based organisations and indigenous local organisations.

Students will gain an appreciation of the complexity of the sector, the diversity of actors and roles, the strengths and weaknesses of various actors, and how these interests are reconciled in practice.


Report, 20%, 1000 words

Research and Writing Exercise, 20%, 1000 words

Report, 60%, 3000 words

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