SOUTH AFRICAN NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANISATION’S (NGO’S) OBJECTIVES, METHODOLOGIES, AND THEIR IMPACT ON DEVELOPMENT AND POVERTY ALLEVIATION IN SOUTH AFRICA
– BY LERATO MAHWAI
The researcher conducted a qualitative research study to understand South African Non-Governmental Organisations’ (NGOs’) objectives, methodologies, and the impact that they have on development and poverty alleviation in South Africa. The primary objectives of participating NGOs range from activism and research to providing skills training and education, disaster relief, greening, infrastructure.
Although these NGOs engaged in a combination of welfare and development methods, they were more inclined to one method over the other. Most respondents reported that the issue of impact is subjective and beneficiaries would be better positioned to evaluate the effects NGOs’ welfare services had in their lives and communities, and two respondents refrained from specifying this since they did not want to make presumptions. Almost all respondents, nevertheless, believed that their welfare and development efforts helped to reduce poverty in some way.