As Western aid budgets are slashed and government involvement with aid programmes reduced, NGOs in the voluntary sector are finding themselves taking an ever-increasing share of development work overseas. As they do so, they are forced to grow and to assume new responsibilities, taking more important and wide-ranging decisions - in many cases, without having had the chance to step back and review the options before them and the best ways of maximizing the impact they make. This collection of essays explores the strategies available to NGOs to enhance their development work, reviewing the ways that options can be understood, appropriate programmes and likely problems.

part 1|35 pages


chapter 1|14 pages

Scaling-up the developmental impact of NGOs: concepts and experiences

ByMichael Edwards, David Hulme

chapter 2|12 pages

NGOs and rural poverty alleviation: implications for scaling-up

ByMark Robinson

chapter 3|8 pages

Spreading and self-improving: a strategy for scaling-up

ByRobert Chambers

part 2|49 pages

Working with government

chapter 4|10 pages

NGO–government interaction in agricultural technology development

ByAnthony J Bebbington, John Farrington

chapter 5|10 pages

NGO–government collaboration in Bangkok

BySomthavil Klinmahorm, Kevin Ireland

chapter 6|8 pages

Multiplying micro-level inputs to government structures

ByJames Mackie

chapter 7|11 pages

The FFHC Agricultural Programme in southern Ethiopia

ByBeverley Jones

chapter 8|9 pages

Scaling-up via legal reform in Uganda

ByJohn Parry-Williams

part 3|38 pages

Increasing impact through organisational growth

chapter 9|11 pages

Bigger and better? Scaling-up strategies pursued by BRAC 1972–1991

ByMick Howes, M. G. Sattar

chapter 10|7 pages

The growth of the SANASA movement in Sri Lanka

ByP A Kiriwandeniya

chapter 11|9 pages

Growth and change in NGOs: concepts and comparative experience

ByDavid Billis, Joy MacKeith

chapter 12|10 pages

Small, medium or large? The rocky road to NGO growth

ByRoland Hodson

part 4|54 pages

Linking the grassroots with lobbying and advocacy

chapter 13|10 pages

The Philippine experience in scaling-up

ByKarina Constantino-David

chapter 15|9 pages

Mobilisation and advocacy in the health sector in Peru

ByElsa Dawson

chapter 16|11 pages

Scaling-up in urban areas1

ByDiana Mitlin, David Satterthwaite

chapter 17|11 pages

It's not size that matters: ACORD's experience in Africa

ByChris Roche

part 5|20 pages

Advocacy in the North

chapter 18|11 pages

Policy influence, lobbying and advocacy

ByJohn Clark

chapter 19|8 pages

British development NGOs and advocacy in the 1990s

ByChris Dolan

part 6|6 pages


chapter 20|5 pages

Making a difference? Concluding comments

ByMichael Edwards, David Hulme