ABU Journal, Department Of Public Administration
Volume No: 1|
Page No: 142
Title: IMPACT ASSESSMENT OF NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS AS THIRD SECTOR IN NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN NIGERIA
SAIDU IDRIS* AND ABDULRAZAK MADU YUGUDA**
* IDRIS IS A LECTURER, DEPT. OF PUBLIC ADMIN., USMANU DANFODIYO UNIVERSITY, SOKOTO&NBSP;
AND&NBSP;** YUGUDA IS A LECTURER, DEPT. OF PUBLIC ADMIN., ABU ZARIA, NIGERIA.&NBSP;
The paper attempted to assess how Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in Nigeria impacted on the lives of the targeted groups in the society. The impacts of NGOs need to be assessed in order to determine their level of achievements or otherwise. The paper utilized secondary source of data and is situated within the ambit of Vincent Ostrom’s Public Choice Approach. The study observed that in Nigeria, a good number of NGOs are on ground carrying out different types of programmes geared towards uplifting the socio-economic status of the people and their activities have significantly impacted on the lives of the citizenry and by extension on national development. However, great majority of NGOs largely depend on donor funding and often face the risk of collapse when these funds cease. It is recommended that, NGOs should give special priority in designing and implementing effective fund-raising strategies. The need for interactive, authentic partnerships for greater impact on the lives of Nigeria and the need for reducing dependence on donor funding and increasing quality of financial resources of NGOs is not only necessary, but inevitable.
This work attempted to assess the impact of Non-Governmental Organizations as third sector in national development in Nigeria. As accepted by many scholars, NGOs in Nigeria as in many countries of the world have significantly impacted on the lives of the people. Meanwhile, in areas where they have minor impact like in policy related issues, NGOs do influenced certain institutions to respond to the needs of the people. This makes people to conceive the NGOs as both actors and objects of development. Overall, as seen in this paper, NGOs attempt to improve social, economic, and productive conditions of the people. Their abilities make them complementary to State action as advocated by public choice approach of service delivery.
NGOs need to fashion out ways to get rid of the increasing challenges posed by poverty, malaria, HIV and AIDs, oppression, political and socio-economic powerlessness of the more than seventy-five per cent (75%) of Nigerians and proffer ways of achieving healthier, functional and more productive nation. This work has the following recommendations:
First, there is a high need for training and research for NGO functionaries as basis for its sustenance and survival. Training will help empower the managers in addressing problems facing them and in strategizing new ways of handling their operations.
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