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NGOs and Lifeworlds in Africa

Transdisciplinary Perspectives

Edited by Melina C. Kalfelis and Kathrin Knodel
Foreword by Aram Ziai
Afterword by Hubertus Büschel

350 pages, 9 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-80073-110-3 $145.00/£107.00 / Hb / Published (June 2021)

eISBN 978-1-80073-111-0 eBook

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“This is a high-quality work of scholarship that can make a contribution to African Studies, NGO Studies, and Development Studies.” • Victoria Bernal, University of California, Irvine

“I really liked the book and deeply enjoyed reading it… there is nothing quite like it out there. It’s a strong book that, surprisingly, coheres around a single overarching problem.” • Ebenezer Obadare, University of Kansas


Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have become ubiquitous in the development sector in Africa and attracting more academic attention. However, the fact that NGOs are an integral part of the everyday lives of men and women on the continent has been overlooked thus far. In Africa, NGOs are not remote, but familiar players, situated in the midst of cities and communities. By taking a radical empirical stance, this book studies NGOs as a vital part of the lifeworlds of Africans. Its contributions are immersed in the pasts, presents and futures of personal encounters, memories, decision-making and politics.

Melina C. Kalfelis is a postdoctoral researcher in the Cultural and Social Anthropology Faculty at the University of Bayreuth. Lately, she has been a fellow at the Merian Institute for Advanced Studies in Africa and the Cluster of Excellence ‘Africa Multiple’.

Kathrin Knodel has been a postdoctoral researcher at the CRC 1095 ‘Discourses of Weakness and Resource Regimes’ at the Goethe University Frankfurt. She currently works as a programme officer at the German Research Foundation (DFG) in the Department of International Affairs.

Subject: Development StudiesAnthropology (General)
Area: Africa


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