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David Lewis is professor of Social Policy and Development at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

An anthropologist by background, he has written on a range of international development policy issues including technological change and rural development in Asia, the role of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in development, the economics and politics of Bangladesh, the concept of civil society, and the role of anthropologists in development.

He has carried out applied work with a range of international organisations, including DFID, Sida, BRAC and Save the Children (UK).

He is currently working on a co-edited book (with D Rodgers and M Woolcock) on public representations of development in films, novels and other media.

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"Lewis & Kanji have given us the most comprehensive overview of the work of development NGOs produced to date and this book contains more practical insights into the activities of development NGOs than available in any other single text. Wonderfully sensitive to the diversity of NGOs, the book is full of nuanced summaries and perceptive insights. It should become required reading for every development NGO from the Chief Executive down to the newest intern."                                                                                 Dr Gerard Clarke, Swansea University, UK

"This essential introduction to NGOs will be of interest to both students and practitioners. The authors provide an accessible and scholarly account of what remains one of the most significant development phenomena of recent decades."                                                 Diana Mitlin, University of Manchester, UK

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David Lewis teaches in the Department of Social policy at the London School of Economics, where he has specialised in development policy issues in South Asia, with a particular focus on Bangladesh. An anthropologist by background, he is co-author with Katy Gardner of Anthropology, Development and the Postmodern Challenge (Pluto, 1996), and author of The Management of Non-Governmental Development Organizations (Routledge, 2007).

Nazneen Kanji is director of a research programme on ‘quality of life’ at the Aga Khan Development Network. She has specialised in gender, livelihoods and social policy, with extensive policy research, consultancy and field experience in Africa and Asia. She is the author of Cashing in on Cashew Nuts: Women Producers and Factory Workers in Mozambique in M. Carr (ed) Chains of Fortune: Linking Women Producers and Workers with Global Markets (Commonwealth Secretariat, London. 2004) and co-editor of Poverty Reduction: What role for the State in Today’s Globalised Economy? (Zed Press, 2001)


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Partial coverage of an under-covered topic. 21 May 2015
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Fairly broad review, but also fairly academic. It details certain kinds of NGO activity (e.g. health and humanitarian), but doesn't cover some important cross-cutting NGO's (i.e. those at play across many sectors such as environmental). At times it seems to avoid any objective measures or data in favor of word-smithed description.
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