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International Journal of Social Economics

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Organisational factors influencing sustainability of local non-governmental organisations: Lessons from a Ghanaian context


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Title:Organisational factors influencing sustainability of local non-governmental organisations: Lessons from a Ghanaian context
Author(s):Ernest L. Okorley, (Department of Agricultural Extension and Economics, University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast, Ghana), Edmund E. Nkrumah, (Auditing Section, Architectural Engineering Services Limited, Accra, Ghana)
Citation:Ernest L. Okorley, Edmund E. Nkrumah, (2012) "Organisational factors influencing sustainability of local non-governmental organisations: Lessons from a Ghanaian context", International Journal of Social Economics, Vol. 39 Iss: 5, pp.330 - 341
Keywords:Ghana, Leadership, Management, Non-governmental organizations, Sustainability
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/03068291211214190 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Abstract:

Purpose – Despite the role of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) as actors in development, the issue of local NGOs' sustainability remains a major concern in many developing countries such as Ghana. This study seeks to determine key factors that can influence local NGOs based on a Ghanaian case study.

Design/methodology/approach – The research used a combination of quantitative and qualitative research approaches.

Findings – The study identifies that the availability of funds, quality material resources, supportive leadership, development of needs-based and demand-driven programmes, and effective management can have a significant influence on the sustainability of local NGOs. Significantly, leadership emerged as the most important factor to organisational sustainability of local NGOs. Equally, the availability and quality of material resources for work were least critical to local NGO sustainability, although they were all very important.

Practical implications – The case study suggests that local NGOs can adopt several measures to ensure their sustainability. These include the writing of good needs-based and demand-driven project proposals, ensuring transparency and accountability, leadership training and lobbying for resources including funds, especially, from local sources.

Originality/value – Although the findings are based on Ghanaian local NGO sustainability scenario, the lessons can be useful to NGOs within similar contexts.



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