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Community Organizations in Latin America

Manuel Argüello, Rosa Amelia González de Pacheco, Juan Carlos Navarro and Ignacio Irarrázaval

No 288 in IDB Publications (Books) from Inter-American Development Bank

Abstract: This book describes the interaction between community organizations (OPCs, or organizaciones de participación comunitaria), the local communities, and the public sector in Venezuela, Costa Rica, and Chile. The case studies included in this book evaluate the activity of OPCs in each of the three countries and compare their performance with that of the public sector organizations responsible for providing social services. The conclusions show that, despite their smaller size, OPCs are generally more cost-effective than their corresponding state agencies because of the efficiency of their support apparatuses.

Keywords: Resource mobilization; non-governmental organizations (NGOs); service providers; grassroots; religious groups; social services; efficiency; decentralization; volunteers; community participation; government-NGO cooperation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2011
ISBN: 9780940602755
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