Location Decisions and Nongovernmental Organization Motivation: Evidence from Rural Bangladesh [book]

Varun Gauri, Anna Fruttero
2003 Policy Research Working Papers  
Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) play an increasingly important role in development assistance, but little systematic evidence is available about their objectives and choices in developing countries. This paper develops two stylized accounts of NGO motivation: one in which donor contracts determine location decisions, and another in which altruistic motivations are the principal determinants. The paper then uses data from the 1995 and 2000 rounds of the Bangladesh Household and Income and
more » ... old and Income and Expenditure Survey to analyze location decisions of NGO programs established between those two sample years. Whether disaggregated by sector of work or mother organization, the data show that the net change in NGO programs in a community was not related to indicators of community need, and that NGOs established new programs where they themselves had no programs previously, but that they were not concerned with duplicating the efforts of other NGOs. Overall, the analysis is consistent with an account of NGO motivation in which a concern for broad coverage on the part of donors significantly affects NGO choices.
doi:10.1596/1813-9450-3176 fatcat:hw7ruehgpjdxxlfyhrkavn3r6u