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The non-profit sector continues to grow rapidly in Africa and around the world. In South Africa alone, there are more than 100,000 registered non-profit organisations and in Kenya the number grew by over 400% between 1997 and 2006. As we see this continuous rapid growth, what is their role in Africa?

Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have become key actors in responding to poverty and related suffering. In Africa, NGOs play a leading role in providing health care and education, they also have their critics who argue that they are receiving growing amounts of donor aid, but aren’t the most suitable actors for really improving people’s lives.

Some critics insist that the neo-liberal policies advanced by powerful international actors have limited the influence of the state and that NGOs have benefited as a result. Since the 1980s, international financial institutions like the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, have forced indebted African states to reduce public expenditure. This has encouraged the flourishing of non-state actors like NGOs. While both local and international NGOs have benefited from this move, African states have been less able to access international aid.

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