Non-Governmental Organisations and Development'

School: School of Government
International Development Department

Modular value: 20 credits

This module explores the meanings of the term NGO. It then looks at the roles NGOs play in terms of delivering services, responding to disasters, managing conflict, advocacy work, developing capacity and engaging with the private sector. It also looks at the relationships NGOs have with government and donor agencies, as well as with other NGOs and communities

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module you should be able to:

  • Provide and critique different definitions and typologies of the NGO sector generally and of faith based organisations in particular
  • Understand and critically evaluate the roles NGOs undertake in disaster preparedness and response, service delivery and policy advocacy
  • Understand and critically evaluate how NGOs can build their own capacity as learning organisations and help build the capacity of other development organisations
  • Understand and critically evaluate the work of NGOs in conflict affected regions and the role of NGOs in peace-building
  • Understand and critically evaluate how and why NGOs build and maintain relations with a range of other development actors such as governments, donors, other NGOs and the private sector


One 3,000 word assignment (60%) and one 2,000 word assignment (40%).

The optional modules listed on the website for this programme may unfortunately occasionally be subject to change. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.