Erik (HASH) Hersman via FLICKR

CBOs within the official development aid system in Kenya

Towards inclusive partnerships: the political role of community based organizations and the official development aid system

Lead by Dr Lorraine Nencel, VU Amsterdam

About the research group

The research project ‘Towards inclusive partnerships: the political role of community based organizations and the official development aid system’ investigates the factors that enable and constrain the political roles and potential of community based organizations (CBOs). It explores the operational realities within the official development aid (ODA) system in which the CBOs operate and analyses the ‘chaos of urgencies’ they face, including donor demands, economic emergencies and the social emergencies of members. This study will investigate the daily practices of two CBOs in Nairobi, Kenya that have significantly contrasting positions in the ODA system: one is fully integrated into this system, whereas the other receives small amounts of funding intermittently from local funders.

Consortium
  • VU University Amsterdam
  • British Institute in Eastern Africa
  • Radboud University Nijmegen in cooperation with Ghetto Foundation
  • Health Options for Young Men on HIV/AIDS/STI (HOYMAS)
Main question
  • How do the different positions of two community based organizations in the official development aid system in Nairobi, Kenya constrain or enable fulfilment of their political roles and potential to contribute to economic and social justice and inclusive development?
Country focus
  • Kenya