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Assessing the impact of NGO rural poverty alleviation programmes: evidence from South India



Assessing the impact of NGO rural poverty alleviation programmes: evidence from South India



Journal of International Development 4(4): 397-417



NGO poverty alleviation programmes are often compared favourably with those of governments in terms of their ability to reach and benefit the rural poor. This paper draws on the evidence of four detailed evaluations of NGO credit and income‐generation programmes in south India to examine the basis for such comparisons. From these assessments it concludes that the NGOs were able to raise the economic status of the poor, but that it proved difficult to reach the very poorest sections of rural communities through such interventions. The implications of these findings are that other types of intervention may be more appropriate for the poorest, and that NGOs need to strengthen their research and appraisal capacity to enhance their effectiveness in alleviating poverty.

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DOI: 10.1002/jid.3380040405



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