Theoretical Overview of Governance and Sustainability Arrangements of NGOs: Lessons for the South African NGO Sector

By Rozenda Hendrickse.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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In South Africa a number of NGOs declared their commitment to the building of an effective democracy and broad participation in South Africa’s social, economic and political endeavours, beyond its first democratic elections in 1994. It became important for these organisations to govern themselves in a way which took responsibility for effective, accountable and democratic internal governance as this would indicate their commitment towards strengthening their credibility, legitimacy and impact as individual NGOs and as a sector. The aim of this paper is to provide a theoretical assessment of governance and sustainability arrangements in general. An overview of theories and paradigms, which regulate the governance of international institutions and NGOs in particular, will be provided. This theoretical exposition will provide valuable lessons of experiences assisting South African NGOs in enhancing their long-term sustainability.

Keywords: Governance, Sustainability, Non-governmental Organisations (NGOs), Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), International Organisations, South Africa

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp.151-166. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 600.742KB).

Dr. Rozenda Hendrickse

Senior Lecturer, Department of Public Management, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Cape Town, Western Cape Province, South Africa

I lecture in the Department of Public Management, in the Faculty of Business of the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. My areas of teaching are: Research Methodology and Policy Studies. I serve as a Trustee and Board Member of the Harold Wolpe Memorial Trust. I also served on the SYLFF Fellows Council, established by the Tokyo Foundation’s Scholarship Division. I have presented papers at various international conferences and have published an article pertaining to my PhD entitled: Governance and financial sustainability of NGOs in South Africa. My current area of research interest is “Xenophobia in the South African context”.

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