NGOs, pluralism and advisory services—Timor Leste

Kelly, Max 2013, NGOs, pluralism and advisory services—Timor Leste, Journal of agricultural extension and education, vol. 19, no. 2, pp. 167-181.

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Title NGOs, pluralism and advisory services—Timor Leste
Author(s) Kelly, Max
Journal name Journal of agricultural extension and education
Volume number 19
Issue number 2
Start page 167
End page 181
Total pages 15
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2013-04
ISSN 1389-224X
1750-8622
Keyword(s) Timor Leste
non-governmental organisations
pluralistic agricultural advisory services
civil society
Summary Purpose: 
This article analyses the role, approach, issues and opportunities faced by non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the promotion of agriculture in Timor Leste from independence through to the countrywide roll out of a public extension service in 2009.

Design/methodology/approach:
The research draws on semi-structured interviews with NGO personnel, local, national and international, actively involved in agricultural development to ascertain how organisations engage with communities, their objectives, inputs, coverage and impacts. The analysis is based on the framework developed by Birner et al. (2009) for pluralistic advisory services, and the discussion is framed by contemporary NGO discourse.

Findings:
This article argues that NGOs have a central role in agricultural development, with particular advantages that can be built upon, however there must be explicit acknowledgement of the complex nature of the NGO and civil society, and a critical awareness of the need for strategic thinking, communication and coordination for effective aid.

Practical implication:
NGOs play a central role in agricultural development. There is a need for a more nuanced understanding of the opportunities and limitations of the NGO sector, both as service providers but also more broadly as part of civil society.

Originality/value:
Funding directed to the NGO sector for implementation of development projects is prolific. There is substantial discourse on partnerships between NGOs and other actors. However, little of the debate appears within discussions on agricultural service provision.
Language eng
Field of Research 140202 Economic Development and Growth
070108 Sustainable Agricultural Development
Socio Economic Objective 940302 International Aid and Development
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2013, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30057016

Document type: Journal Article
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