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Partnership in Development Cooperation - Reality or Utopia?
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2008 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

In international development cooperation of today there is a great multitude of NGOs in Developing countries that are financed by Western donors. Facing criticism of imperialism and lack of local anchorage the concept of partnership has been introduced which is based on mutual cooperation where the local partner is the one responsible to define problems and implement the work. The Swedish International Development Agency - Sida has practised partnership for over ten years. This study looks at the perception and function of this policy from Swedish organizations point of view by interviewing representatives from four organisations working under Sida cooperating with foreign partners. Findings reveals a great difference between aim and reality where the equality partnership refers to is absent. The main obstacles were to create an open dialogue and that Sida turn down applications based on local needs as they don’t fit their current trends. Power-inequalities created by economic resources cannot be ignored and the traditional roles of donor and receiver with a paternalistic undertone persists. The partnership approach needs to be reconsidered in terms of definition and extent if it is to be realistic and beneficial for both parts.

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2008.
Keywords [en]
Partnership, Development Cooperation, Development Aid, Sida
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-521OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-521DiVA, id: diva2:25141
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Available from: 2009-05-04 Created: 2009-05-04Bibliographically approved

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