NGOs and poverty alleviation: the case study of world vision in Tanzania

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University of Dar es Salaam
The current number of registered NGOs in Tanzania is as high as about 10,000, most of which claim to work towards Poverty Alleviation directly or indirectly. The poverty status of rural resource - poor households is however, on increase. With such dynamics it is imperative to study what exactly NGOs do to alleviate poverty and whether such interventions are sustainable. It is in view of this scenario that this research was conducted, partly to see what NGOs do and how they do it and partly to see if the achievements are both relevant to poverty alleviation and are lifelong. Consequently, a thorough Literature survey was undertaken to see the onset of the proliferation of NGOs in developing countries and their intervention trends. World Vision Tanzania was taken as a case study hence institutional capacity and nature of interventions of the same were studied. Parallel to this, the socio-economic changes and sustainability of the activities of WVT were closely researched. The study found that WVT has built an elaborate Institutional Capacity for poverty alleviation; that the interventions are relevant to poverty alleviation and that the socioeconomic status of the households in question has slightly improved. However, the activities were only somewhat sustainable. In lieu of this, concrete and specific recommendations were advanced forth. These are streamlined for WVT, other NGOs and the government. Finally, a direction for future research was forwarded.
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Poverty, Tanzania, Economic condition, Non Governmental Organizations
Suleiman, S. C. S. (2002) NGOs and poverty alleviation: the case study of world vision in Tanzania, Masters dissertation, University of Dar es Salaam. Available at (