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Title:The Role of Evangelical NGOs in International Development: A Comparative Case Study of Kenya and Uganda
Author:Hofer, Katharina
Periodical:Afrika Spectrum
Geographic terms:Uganda
Development and Technology
Economics and Trade
Politics and Government
Religion and Witchcraft
Abstract:This paper examines the public role of a new type of Christian mission in sub-Saharan Africa: evangelical nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). Since the early 1980s, NGOs have played an ever more prominent role in development cooperation. Yet within the nongovernmental sector, faith-based organizations now seem to excel secular organizations, both in number and budget. Their growing recognition can be explained in terms of their expanding international networks and well-established local alliances, as well as their steady supply in private funding and voluntary work force. Faith-based NGOs represent a vital component in the globally expanding evangelical network between the northern and southern hemispheres: by helping to advance church-planting campaigns in sub-Saharan Africa, faith-based NGOs broaden the international support bases for conservative Christian groups in North America. In the fall of 2001, President George W. Bush approved a new government programme that aims at expanding the share of religious organization in the domestic and international welfare sectors. This paper examines the link between foreign missionary interventions and the privatization of public services with reference to the education sector in Kenya and Uganda, and assesses the political implications of these developments. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English, German and French. [Journal abstract]