Reinventing international development NGOs: The case of ICCO
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SourceEuropean Journal of Development Research, 27, (2015), pp. 1-18
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European Journal of Development Research
SubjectAnthropology and Development Studies
The need for international development NGOs to reinvent themselves in light of contextual changes and increasing challenges has been brought forward with increasing vigour. In-depth empirical research on the topic has remained scarce. This study contributes to the small number of in-depth empirical studies on international development NGOs by analysing the change process undertaken by one of the largest Dutch development NGOs (ICCO) in the period 2004-2010. By adding a specific focus on the changes in ICCO's beliefs, values and accompanying practices, it shows that ICCO’s change process, while appearing to be a major overhaul, in many respects turned out to be a continuation of the existing organisational philosophy. The study not only shows the importance of culture in processes of organisational change, but particularly of cultural continuity.
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