International Volunteerism and Capacity Development in Nonprofit Organizations of the Global South

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Abstract

Although international volunteerism has been a part of official development assistance for decades, the capacity development (CD) impacts of such programs in nonprofit organizations (NPOs) in the Global South have received scant attention. This paper provides insights into the ways international volunteerism contributes to endogenous CD processes by analysing survey and interview data collected from Australian volunteers and their host organizations in four countries. It shows that volunteers’ contributions can be usefully examined through the lens of Baser and Morgan’s (2008) framework of five core capabilities: to carry out tasks; to relate and attract support; to adapt and renew; to balance diversity and coherence, and to commit and engage. While the voluntary nature of the relationship between host organization and volunteer can make CD impacts less predictable and controllable, it also affords time to explore and negotiate what contributions are most useful to an organization within a specific context.

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Original languageEnglish
JournalNonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly
Early online date8 Aug 2019
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Publication statusPublished - 2019