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Third World Q. 2010;31(2). doi: 10.1080/01436591003711975.

Corruption, NGOs, and Development in Nigeria.

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Department of Anthropology, Brown University, Box 1921, 128 Hope Street, Providence, RI 02912, Tel: 1 (401) 863-7065.


This article examines corruption in Nigeria's development sector, particularly in the vastly growing arena of local non-governmental organisations (NGOs). Grounded in ethnographic case studies, the analysis explores why local NGOs in Nigeria have proliferated so widely, what they do in practice, what effects they have beyond their stated aims, and how they are perceived and experienced by ordinary Nigerians. It shows that even faux NGOs and disingenuous political rhetoric about civil society, democracy, and development are contributing to changing ideals and rising expectations in these same domains.

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