Non-Governmental Development Organisations (NGDOs) in the City and the Quest for Poverty Reduction


Urbanisation and the urban poverty reduction debate has lately entered centre stage of development discourse with the emerging trend that half of the world’s population now lives in urban areas. In Malawi, urbanisation is growing at an unprecedented pace. In this paper I argue that the growing rural-urban trend calls for a concerted effort, including the participation of Non-Governmental Development Organisations (NGDOs) whose potential to contribute to poverty reduction can be enhanced if there is greater awareness of the challenges of urban poverty. NGDOs need to concentrate their efforts within the sectoral areas identified by City Assemblies and, at the same time, depoliticise their operations through collaborative approaches with urban institutions and ensure increased capacity development of their beneficiaries.


Publication Type Conference Paper
Year 2011
Author(s) Makuwira J
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