NGO brokers between local needs and global norms: trajectories of development actors in Burkina Faso

  • Local NGO brokers in Africa and beyond negotiate and mediate between (inter)national donors and potential beneficiaries within their communities. They translate local needs into development projects to make them suitable for international donors. This article looks at two main conditions that influence their work: First, windows of opportunity, which open and close according to structures and institutions beyond their sphere of influence; and second, their personality and skills. Based on two case studies from Burkina Faso, this article offers insights into biographies and life stories of such brokers where engagement leads to a distinguished lifestyle that contains aspects of cosmopolitanism and distinctiveness.

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Author:Kathrin Knodel
Parent Title (English):Cultural dynamics
Place of publication:London [u.a.]
Document Type:Article
Date of Publication (online):2021/07/02
Date of first Publication:2021/07/02
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2022/03/01
Tag:Burkina Faso; NGO; broker; development; life trajectories
Issue:online version before inclusion in an issue
Page Number:18
First Page:1
Last Page:18
The author disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This special issue is one of the outcomes of a project-related exchange of scholars from Monash University Melbourne, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz and Goethe University Frankfurt (2019–2021) that is funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and Universities Australia (UA). The research for this article within the Collaborative Research Center 1095 ‘Discourses of Weakness and Resource Regimes’ was funded from 2015–2019 by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and hosted at the Goethe University in Frankfurt.
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Institutes:Philosophie und Geschichtswissenschaften
Dewey Decimal Classification:3 Sozialwissenschaften / 30 Sozialwissenschaften, Soziologie / 300 Sozialwissenschaften
3 Sozialwissenschaften / 32 Politikwissenschaft / 320 Politikwissenschaft
Licence (English):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung-Nicht kommerziell 4.0