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Activists, Power and Sectoral Boundaries: Life Histories of NGO Leaders

This research will examine the ‘life histories’ of non-governmental organisation (NGO) leaders, managers and activists who have at various times in their careers crossed between the governmental and the non-governmental sectors.  A group of individuals from four country contexts where this is known to have taken place - UK, Bangladesh, Philippines and Mexico - will be interviewed in detail in order to understand their motivations for such shifts, their expectations of different working environments, and their frank assessments of what they ultimately managed to achieve in their work by these changes of operating context.  This interview data will be analysed against the broader social and historical contexts in which non-governmental public action takes place, such as a changes of government or regime, and the inter-personal networks within which policy making often takes place.  The research project brings a new methodology to the study of the non-governmental sector in the form of the ethnographic life history interview, and aims to challenge the often rather simplistic distinction made by researchers and policy makers about the separation and autonomy of ‘government’ and ‘non-governmental’ agencies and individuals.

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