Study Groups

NGOs in Development

The NGO Study Group provides a forum for academics and researchers working on issues around civil society and development. The NGO Study Group has debated themes such as: research collaboration between academics and practitioners, NGOs and migration, local organisations and emergency relief, the ethnography of NGOs, and civil society and counter-terrorism.  Regular emails keep members informed of upcoming events. The study group has over 50 members, and welcomes new members from the academic, NGO, and policy-making community.

Latest News

DSA Conference 2014: ‘NGOs in the new global context’

Join us at the DSA Conference 2014 for our panel on NGOs in the new global context. We have three speakers lined up to debate the implications of the changing global political, economic and social context for international, national and local NGOs:

  • Susannah Pickering-Saqqa (University of East London) ‘Why work “at home”? Domestic poverty programmes and their challenge to Northern Development NGOs’
  • Willem Elbers & Lau Schulpen (CIDIN, University of Nijmegen) ‘Reinventing international development NGOs – the case of ICCO’
  • Sinead Walsh (Irish Aid, Sierra Leone and Liberia), ‘Plus ça change...A Call for NGOs to Go Back to Basics on Accountability’

This is one of a number of exciting panels at the conference related to NGOs, civil society and development. See panel overview and abstracts

Links to Resources
INTRAC related resources
BISA (British International Studies Association) NGO working group


Next meeting: 01/11/2014

Next meeting agenda:

See latest news.

Previous meeting(s):

Conference Location Date Documents
Knowledge(s) in civil society organisations in development (Joint DSA and BISA NGO working group meeting) University of Leeds, UK
April 2014 > Programme
Linked Outputs:
> ‘Knowledge sharing in action'
> ‘Getting to Grips with Evidence’
NGOs and Development Communications in the 21st Century - DSA Annual Conference
London, UK
November 2013 N/A
NGOs, Evidence, Policy and Practice Webinar May 2013 > Webinar Report
> Presentations
The Accountability, Legitimacy and Credibility of International Development NGOs London, UK
November 2012 > Conference Papers
Cracking Collaboration – A new look at partnerships in international development research (One day Workshop) N/A March-June 2012 > Full details and Project Outputs
The Study Group was awarded a small grant under the New Ideas Initiative. Run by researchers from INTRAC, the University of Bradford and World Vision UK, the project explored research collaboration between academics and NGOs. A one-day workshop, attended by Study Group members and representatives of NGOs and DFID

If you are interested in joining the NGO study mailing list and/or the internet forum then please contact: Rachel Hayman, INTRAC and Susannah Pickering-Saqqa

Rachel Hayman (INTRAC) Susannah Pickering Saqqa (University of East London)
01865 263 044