Non-Governmental Organizations and Development by David Lewis and Nazneen Kanji, Routledge Perspectives on Development, 2009, ISBN-10: 0415454298, 239 pp, �29.95.
This short book is a comprehensive introduction to Non-Governmental Organizations (‘NGOs’) in the field of development, the objective of which is the improvement of disadvantaged societies throughout the world. The authors approach their subject from a perspective of social policy and self-regulation with little emphasis on the law itself. An anthropologist by training, David Lewis’ academic career has specialised in social policy in South Asia. Nazneen Kanji’s expertise is in gender, working conditions and social policy with field experience in poor regions of Africa and Asia. Their complementary perspectives result in a very balanced treatment of the subject with both theoretical and practical commentary.