The Life Chances of Women and Children: Does development make a difference? A Case Study of the Management of NGOs and Competing Interests in the Volta Region of Ghana.

Author: Rachel Outhred

Outhred, Rachel, 2010 The Life Chances of Women and Children: Does development make a difference? A Case Study of the Management of NGOs and Competing Interests in the Volta Region of Ghana., Flinders University, School of Social and Policy Studies

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Abstract

The thesis explores the management and the competing interests of NGOs providing development programs to marginalised women and children exploited by a cultural practice in the Volta Region of Ghana. The thesis considers the extent to which women’s and children’s citizenship and human rights are violated, to what extent international perspectives on the customary ‘enslavement’ are constructed through international fund-raising initiatives and what the women and children gain from development programs offered by the NGO. The thesis develops a social justice and rights based argument based on a case study and participant observation of the management of an international NGO.

Keywords: women's rights,children's rights,NGO,development,management
Subject: Policy and Administration thesis

Thesis type: Doctor of Philosophy
Completed: 2010
School: School of Social and Policy Studies
Supervisor: Ass Professor Janet McIntrye