African Journal of Social Work

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Rethinking poverty: The role of international organisations in grassroots development

Small Eusebius, Cecilia Mengo, Ofori Brendon


Resource inequity and disparity between nations and communities is a significant social problem. The consequences of such inequities are immense and are compounded by governments’ failure to find lasting solutions. International organizations have stepped in to fill the gap; however, their efficacy is fairly undocumented. Using social choice and chaos frameworks, we explore through a literature review and field experiences the work of three NGOs operating in six different countries highlighting the efficacy of Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR). Practice recommendations are provided that underscore the relevancy of a skilled workforce, great management, as well as an objective environment independent of bureaucratic coercion.

Key Terms: Chaos Theory, inequalities, poverty reduction, international organizations, Social Choice Theory, grassroots development

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