Working together: NGOs, academics, practitioners and researchers

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Kraft, K. 2023. Working together: NGOs, academics, practitioners and researchers. in: Pickering-Saqqa, S. (ed.) Researching Development NGOs: Global and Grassroots Perspectives Routledge. pp. 32-44
AuthorsKraft, K.
EditorsPickering-Saqqa, S.
Abstract

An academic in an NGO. An NGO worker in academia. In this chapter, the author reflects on this dual role and how it can facilitate genuine partnership between the academic and NGO sectors and offer some thoughts about how those studying grassroots and international NGOs alike can best position themselves within these relationships. Nearly 20 years ago, Laura Roper wrote about the challenges of academic-practitioner research collaborations, and little has changed. She observed that such collaborations seem like a generally good idea all around, but that there are few successful examples of collaboration. The language of NGOs is very results-oriented. Practitioners want to solve a problem, test a theory of change or model within a programming context, and ensure that results are prompt and actionable. The language of academia is about dwelling on the asking of questions.

KeywordsNGOs; Research; Partnerships
Book titleResearching Development NGOs: Global and Grassroots Perspectives
Page range32-44
Year2023
PublisherRoutledge
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Print28 Apr 2023
Online12 May 2023
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Deposited26 Apr 2023
Edition1st
SeriesRethinking Development
ISBN9780367489458
9781003043584
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003043584-3
Web address (URL)https://www.routledge.com/9780367489458
Copyright holder© 2023, The Author
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This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge in Researching Development NGOs: Global and Grassroots Perspectives on 28 April 2023, available online: https://www.routledge.com/9780367489458

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