ADS711 - Non-Government Organisations and other Development Actors


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Online, CBD*

Credit point(s): 1
Previously coded as: Nil
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule: Nil


Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: AID611, AID711
Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - online

Online independent and collaborative learning activities equivalent to 1 x 1-hour per week


*CBD refers to the National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation (NIKERI) Institute; Community Based Delivery


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.

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