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CTA. 1993. Reluctant partners?. Spore 48. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Governments justify their existence by taking on tasks which are not well performed, or which are neglected, when individual self-interest governs behaviour. This makes NGOs competitors with the state within the domain of altruistic action, though ideally they ought to be allies. The potential for conflict becomes greater when either the state or NGOs are operating with less than exalted motives. Their relationships is nicely characterized in the title of this book.' The above quote is from the foreword by Norman Uphoff to the book Reluctant partners, which is an overview volume for the Non-Governmental Organisations series in three regional volumes on Africa, Asia and Latin America. Among the specific questions raised in this series are: how good are NGOs at promoting technological innovation and addressing constraints to change in resource-poor agriculture? How effective are NGOs at strengthening grassroots and local organizations? How do and how will donor pressure influence NGOs and their links to the state? The answers are complex, but raise some interesting issues. Reluctant partners? Non-governmental organizations the state and sustainable agricultural development by John Farrington and Anthony Bebbington with Kate Wellard and David Lewis 1993 222pp ISBN 0 415 08843 7 Hbk price UKL40.00 ISBN 0 415 08844 5 Pbk price UKL12.99 Boutledge 11 New Fetter Lane London EC4P 4EE, UK