The experiences of Non-Governmental Organisations in the implementation of poverty reduction initiatives: A case study of selected NGOs in Johannesburg.

Raphalalani, Lufuno Patience
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The drive to support and cater for unmet needs in the society has always being the motive of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), (Edwards & Hulme, 2002). The social purpose why many NGOs are established is to promote humanity, and assist those who are vulnerable (Mohan, 2002). NGOs are concerned with addressing the needs of the society and promoting the well-being especially in poor communities (Delisle, Roberts, Munro, Jones & Gyorkos, 2005). This study aimed to investigate the experiences of NGOs in the implementation of poverty reduction initiatives. The study examined the nature of poverty reduction strategies used by selected NGO’s in Johannesburg and investigated the challenges they face in implementing poverty reduction initiatives. The study explored the perceived impact that poverty reduction initiatives have on beneficiaries. A qualitative approach and case study design were adopted in the study. Purposive sampling was used to select 10 participants working in NGOs that implement poverty reduction strategies. Interviews were utilised for data collection and they were guided by the use of a semi-structured interview schedule. Thematic analysis was used to analyse data. The study reveals that NGOs are making a major impact on the livelihood of the poor. From the study it was indicated that the NGOs help people with basic needs and equip people with skills through training, this helps the beneficiaries to get employment all this helps those who are poor to be independent. However they experience challenges such as lack of funding, poor marketing and networking skills this affect their service delivery. Key words: Non-governmental organisations (NGOs), Poverty, Johannesburg, Poverty reduction initiatives, informal sector, beneficiaries.
A report on research study presented to The Department of Social work School of Human and Community Development Faculty of Humanities University of Witwatersrand In partial fulfilment of the requirements for Bachelors degree in Social Work.