Participation of NGOs in Land Degradation Policy-Making in Uganda: Is Opportunity to Participate Enough?

McCormick, Haley. Participation of NGOs in Land Degradation Policy-Making in Uganda: Is Opportunity to Participate Enough?. McMaster University, 2014.

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    Author McCormick, Haley
    Title Participation of NGOs in Land Degradation Policy-Making in Uganda: Is Opportunity to Participate Enough?
    Year 2014
    University McMaster University
    Department Water Without Borders
    Place of Publication Hamilton
    Publisher UNU-INWEH
    Pages 89
    Language eng
    Abstract Global development discourses emphasize the benefits of stakeholder participation in policy-making to sustainably manage the environment and social development. Despite this, little is known about the participation of NGOs in national policy-making in developing countries. The objective of this research is to learn more about how and how much NGOs contribute to policy-making related to land degradation in Uganda. A post-structuraltheoretical lens informs this research as it recognizes thatcomplex dynamics between stakeholders can determine opportunities to participate, strategies NGOs employ, and the resources and relations that these are based on. This research assesses the participation of NGOs in Ugandan policy-making related to land degradation through an online semi-structured survey that collected both qualitative and quantitative data. The survey results show that NGOs have an interest in policymaking processes related to issues of land degradation because of its impact on sustainable development. The results suggest that NGOs try and influence the policy process mostly through indirect participation in policy processes, despite opportunities provided by government for direct engagement. Inexperience and limited resources seem to cap the ability of organizations to directly engage in opportunities, and they thus use other strategies to indirectly participate. This paper argues that providing opportunities to participate to policy-making processes is not enough to ensure direct engagement in the policy-making process of NGOs, and discusses ways to potentially remove barriers to direct participation.
    Copyright Holder UNU-INWEH
    Copyright Year 2014
    Copyright type Creative commons
    ISBN 9789280860474
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